CPR can save heart attack victim

Many times when are traveling somewhere, you find your fellow passenger start to complain of chest pain. You are worried he is having a heart attack. The only thing that will save him is an electric shock to his heart until help arrives. You need to keep the blood going to his brain & heart by doing the work of the heart for him using Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is a procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest.

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CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) involves physical interventions to create artificial circulation through rhythmic pressing on the patent's chest to manually pump blood through the heart, called chest compressions. It also involves the rescuer exhaling into the patient to inflate the lungs & pass oxygen in to the blood, called artificial respiration.

CPR is unlikely to restart the heart, but rather its purpose is to maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and the heart, thereby delaying tissue death and extending the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage

Put your hands in the middle of the chest on the breastbone and push down as hard as you can, 100 times a minute. Don’t worry about doing some damage. It is better to be alive with a cracked rib than dead with ribs intact. And that is all you need to carry on doing until the ambulance arrives. If you are in a public area, there may be an automated defibrillator. It's easy to use.

We used to think there was nothing much that could be done about it & three in four patients brought to hospital alive following a cardiac arrest died soon afterwards or ended up with brain damage. CPR helps to stop the damage by preventing the release of these products, helping more & more patients survive cardiac arrest with a fully functioning brain.

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