Cardiac arrest, more commonly known as a heart attack, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association reports about 359,400 Americans have a heart attack in any given year, and the survival rate is generally less than ten percent.
However, if CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is performed within 6 minutes of cardiac arrest, the victimâ??s chances of survival can double or even triple.
And according to the AHA, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home - which means if you know CPR, youâ??re most likely to use it to save a loved one.
So the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo held a free training session for anyone interested in learning the life-saving technique.
â??I believe that every household â?? one member of the household, at least â?? should know first aid and CPR,â?? said Oscar Guzman of the diocese, â??because if you have children or even just your neighbors â?? anywhere you are, there are people around you. And if somebody knows, you could be the lifesaver of that family or even people you donâ??t know.â??
If youâ??d like to learn more about CPR or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, follow the links attached to this story.