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One of the leading causes of death in the United States is cardiac arrest. In the even of an emergency every single second and especially minute counts. When cardiac arrest occurs the brains starts to suffer terrible damage within about 5 minutes. Each minute after the chances of surviving decreases ten percent. There are 300,000 deaths each year from cardiac arrest. It is estimated that this number would drop significantly if the surrounding witnesses new how to perform CPR. So, it is important that you learn CPR, and here are a few things you did not know about CPR that can help.

First You Should Take A Class

A very important step toward being able to perform CPR is going to be taking a class taught by a professional. In fact, many companies are now requiring employees to be certified in CPR. They understand that fast response is vital to the survival of the victim. CPR classes range from very basic to very in depth, and can be a great way to spend a day or two. Just think, if you had a cardiac arrest you would want someone that was trained in CPR to be present to keep you heart pumping. 

How Does CPR Work

When a person goes into cardiac arrest, their heart stops working and they are in extreme danger. Without the heart pumping blood to the brain there is no oxygen to the brain, and brain cells can start to die. When you perform CPR you are going to be essentially acting as the person's heart. The most important part of CPR is the chest compressions. This is where you push down on the heart and essentially pump blood through the individual. It is pretty neat to think that you could be the person that keeps that individuals heart pumping. 

Understand It is Only First Response

If you see that someone is going into cardiac arrest, you need to have somebody call 911 to get the professionals on their way. You next need to have somebody look for a defibrillator. As these can actually shock the heart back to beating. Then you need to start performing CPR. Now you are going to learn the exact way to complete CPR when you go to the class, but realize that you are just a first responder and are only there until the professionals arrive and take over. It is actually a good idea to look for someone that also knows CPR just in case you get tired. 

For more information, contact companies like Emergency Response CPR.


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