Cardiac Arrest & Heart Attack
Do you know?
- The difference between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack
- The signs of a Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest
Tragically many heart attack patients die when, after ignoring their heart attack symptoms, their heart goes into sudden cardiac arrest. If it feels like a heart attack, don't delay, get help, call 911!
Cardiac arrest can happen any place and at any time. Effective bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival in the case of cardiac arrest. If you see an unresponsive person who's not breathing or not breathing normally, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast on the center of the chest. The life you save will most likely be someone you love.
In 2008, the American Heart Association ruled that chest compressions alone (Hands Only CPR), can help sustain an adult who has just suffered a cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive. The lungs and blood contain enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for the first few minutes, as long as someone provides quality chest compressions.
Traditional CPR - Rescue Breaths
TVF&R, in partnership with Cascade Health Care, provides CPR, first aid, and AED training to constituents and businesses within our fire district. Students will find a relaxed, informal, and learning environment where they will receive practical skills.
An AED can further improve the outcome for a cardiac arrest victim. They're easy to use and can help shock a person heart back into a normal rhythm if needed. For more class information or to schedule a class, contact Cascade Health Care at 877-277-6778.
Additional information on CPR is available from the University of Washington.
Read a press release (PDF) detailing one woman's experience and how her life was saved by appropriate CPR measures.