American Heart Association Extends Sympathy to Family of Singer Michael Jackson
“It’s a shame when someone his age dies so suddenly,” said
News reports indicated that Jackson died suddenly of a cardiac arrest. Each year more than 300,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital. More than 92 percent of cardiac arrest victims don’t survive. A victim’s chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation. Cardiac arrest can be reversed by defibrillation if it’s treated within a few minutes with an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. However, few attempts at resuscitation succeed after 10 minutes.
The American Heart Association urges the public to be prepared for cardiac emergencies:
- Know the warning signs of cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest a victim loses consciousness, stops normal breathing and loses pulse and blood pressure. They may suddenly collapse.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately to access the emergency medical system if you see any cardiac arrest warning signs.
- Give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help keep the cardiac arrest victim alive until emergency help arrives.
- If you don’t know CPR or haven’t been trained, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest until help arrives.
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SOURCE American Heart Association