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Would you be able to restart a heart?

Published on February 5, 2014 at 15:19 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:52

Each year, many lives are saved by ordinary citizens who took the time to learn how to restart a heart by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or using an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

When the heart stops beating, blood can no longer flow through the body to bring oxygen to the brain and other organs. This lack of oxygen can quickly damage the organs and lead to death in just a few minutes. CPR maintains the blood flow and allows oxygen to travel to the brain and other organs. An AED, on the other hand, is used to “jump start” the heart by sending an electrical charge. 

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, most cases of cardiac arrest occur at home or in public places. CPR and an AED can increase the survival rate by 75% when used before the arrival of emergency services. Anyone can use CPR and an AED, all it takes is enrolling in a training session. 

To find or attend a course in your area, click on the link below.

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