Cardiac Arrest Vs Heart Attack?
A cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical problem in the heart. This electrical problem causes the heart to stop pumping blood around the body and to the brain. The person will be unconscious so start CPR.
A heart attack is a blood circulation problem. It happens when an artery supplying blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked. This starves part of the heart muscle of oxygen and causes symptoms such as chest pain or discomfort. A person having a heart attack is usually still conscious and breathing.
If a heart attack isn’t treated, it can lead to a cardiac arrest.
Why learn CPR?
Cardiac problems are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone, at any age, anywhere and anytime. It causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing. Without CPR the person will die within minutes.
CPR should only be used if someone is:
- unconscious and not breathing
- unconscious and not breathing normally.
Who can you save with CPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one. More than 70% of arrests occur at home.
Why take action?
- These are preventable deaths.
- Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
- Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but more than 95% of Pakistanis are not trained in CPR.
- Sadly, less than 1% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
- More than 70% of arrests occur at home.
- 10 minutes and over, probable brain death.
- Average response time of EMS (1122 Bike Ambulance 4 minutes, 1122 Ambulance 7-10 minutes, Aman Ambulance in Khi 10.1 minutes).
Hence, it is high time to learn CPR and save lives.
These workshops are open for age 15 and over. Pre-registration is must. The workshop fee is set for per person (Lahore/Islamabad =600/- PKR and for Karachi =750/- PKR) which includes training supplies, wallet card for quick reference, certification and tea/refreshment. The last date to submit fee for Karachi is December 8th. After last date, late fee =1050/person would be payable. There would be only 20 participants & appropriate equipment/supplies available to ensure you have ample time and quality learning session. There are multiple sessions of 2-hours each on any given day.
For Your Safety,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan