Cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrest remove thousands of people from our midst yearly, and most of them do not have advanced heart disease. Everyone that suffers a cardiac arrest requires quick CPR, and quick use of a AED (or defibrillator) to restore a normal heart rhythm. (That’s one of the main reasons we teach people CPR and how to use an AED. This article from National Institutes of Health is a great overview of cardiac arrest.
February is American Heart Month, a time each year when we hope citizens pay attention to their own heart health, and those of their family, get trained in CPR, and learn to save a life. Over 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home. The life-saving skills you learn will likely be used to save a family member.
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