Cardiac Arrest: Even if you’re not CPR certified, you can still help.

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Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart develops an arrhythmia that causes it to stop beating.  Some symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest include a sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing and loss of consciousness.  Experts say, If these signs of cardiac arrest are present, the first response should be to call for help and dial 9-1-1.  If you are alone with an adult who has signs of cardiac arrest, health advocates share these steps that you can take:

  • Call 9-1-1 and get an AED if one is available.
  • If the person is unconscious and has no pulse, perform CPR.  CPR can provide vital resuscitation until more advanced emergency care is available
  • Push hard and push fast. Once an AED has arrived, turn it on and follow the prompts.
  • Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move, or someone with more advanced training takes over.

There’s no sure way to know who will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.  Reducing your risk may be the best strategy to avoid it. Steps to take include getting regular checkups, screening for heart disease and living a heart-healthy lifestyle. 


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