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CPR Facts and Statistics
Source: American Heart Association
About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential
settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a
victimís chance of survival.
maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount
of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR,
more lives could be saved.
death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac
arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victimís chances of survival
fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation.
Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation
are not provided within minutes of collapse.
heart disease accounts for about 446,000 of the over 864,000 adults who
die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease.
are 294,851 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac
arrests annually in the United States.
are about 138,000 coronary heart disease deaths within one hour of symptom
onset each year in the United States.
cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called
ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the
onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.
cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle
shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isnít
breathing normally, coughing or moving.