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Saturday, October 8, 2011

About half...

...of the people interviewed in 2007 know or were able to guess the difference between a sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack.

When the score is that close to 50/50, usually folks are guessing.

It's important because immediate 911 and CPR. plus prompt defibrillation are essential to cardiac arrest survival with major brain function intact, and 911 is essential for a heart attack. The defibrillator won't hurt the heart attack victim, but CPR would be inappropriate and dangerous.

Fortunately, they are easy to tell apart, once you've been told the difference: The sudden cardiac arrest victim - the one that needs 911 + CPR + AED - is non-responsive and not breathing, either normally or at all.

If you are not trained, check the video at and then get the people whom you frequently are near trained, too.

It's a 35 minute video. There HAS to be a 35 minute slot available in your schedule sometime. You have about a ten percent of seeing a family member, friend, or acquaintance die from a sudden cardiac arrest in your lifetime. It would be better for all if you were to watch the video before that happens, rather than after.