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CPR and AEDs save lives of heart attack victims

September 26th, 2011 12:22 pm by Staff Report

You’ve probably heard the news by now that U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, helped revive a heart attack victim at the Charlotte, N.C., airport on Tuesday. The stricken passenger was lucky to have Roe, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, and possibly a second physician on hand to administer CPR.
You don’t have to be a doctor or even a congressman to aid someone in a medical emergency, but it does help to have basic knowledge of CPR. That’s where a lifesaving course can make the difference.
And remember the American Heart Association has authorized new hands-only CPR rules that forgo mouth-to-mouth contact and call for 100 compressions on the chest per minute.
Learning CPR and other lifesaving skills is just a mouse click away with an Internet-assisted learning program offered by the American Red Cross. The first portion of the course is taught online. The second part calls for Red Cross instructor to test the participant’s knowledge and skills.
You can learn more about this and other Red Cross programs by going to www.redcross.org.
The man who had the heart attack in the Charlotte airport this week had two things going in his favor: He had his medical emergency in a public place and someone was there to administrator CPR and who knew how to use an automated electronic defibrillator.
A study released last year found that victims are much more likely to survive a heart attack if it occurs in a public place. These public places — a school, shopping mall or sports arena — are also likely to have had an automated electronic defibrillator on hand.
The availability of an AED can sometimes mean the difference between life or death for victims of cardiac arrest. The faster an AED is located and used on a patient suffering cardiac arrest, the better the chances of survival.
According to the American Heart Association, a victim will die if normal heart rhythm isn’t restored within minutes.
When used properly, automated electronic defibrillators can save lives. The availability of an AED can mean the difference between life or death for victims of cardiac arrest.

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