Health Minute: Knowing your heart

Some people have heart issues and live long lives, while others can be perfectly healthy and then suddenly pass when their heart gives out.

There are things you can do to survive but it's important to understand how the heart works in case you or someone else is stricken with a sudden heart problem.

Cardiac arrest is unlike a regular heart attack during an arrest episode the heart just stops beating, and most patients don't survive. For a heart attack, immediate hospital care is important. The quicker the blockage is removed the less heart damage. For a cardiac arrest, CPR is the best way to get the heart pumping until the patient gets to the hospital. Classes on CPR are readily available at hospitals and health care organizations like the Red Cross. The Amarillo chapter offers CPR classes on a regular basis. To find out more click the link below.