Taking CPR Classes Can Save the Life of a Loved One

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Whether you are an experienced healthcare professional, trained educator, employee, or loving family member, taking CPR classes can help give you the confidence to take action during emergencies at home or in the workplace. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a lifesaving technique employed in emergencies where a person's heartbeat or breathing has stopped. According to the American Heart Association, an astounding 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they lack the knowledge or training to administer CPR. Many victims appear healthy, with no known heart disease or risk factors. In addition to resuscitation, CPR classes also teach the use of automatic external defibrillators, which are also proven to help save lives.

Who Should Learn CPR?

Some professions require CPR certification and most workplaces have at least a designated few responsible employees with CPR training, however, the truth is that nearly everyone should have CPR knowledge and training. There are nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occur annually, 88% of which occur at home. With almost nine out of ten incidents occurring at home, the life you save with CPR is most likely to be that of a loved one in your own household.

Learn to Respond in Emergency Situations

CPR training courses teach more than resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators. Learn about choking, first aid, how to recognize hazards and most importantly, how to respond in emergency situations. When an effective bystander administers CPR immediately, a victim's chances of survival can be doubled – even tripled; however, less than one-third of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in these types of situations can lead to death, a grave, but often-unnecessary consequence. 

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. A cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that can strike without warning, anytime and anywhere, affecting people of all ages and fitness levels. This can occur when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating; where as a heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest. Administering CPR can help to improve blood and air circulation to the heart and brain until further medical attention can be provided to the victim.
In about five hours time, you can have the knowledge and expertise that it takes to respond to emergencies and potentially save a life. With the majority of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring in the home, it's important that citizens of all ages partake in CPR training. Taking CPR classes can help save a life, and at least statistically speaking, it is most likely to be the life of someone you love.

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