What is CPR? CPR Stats and Facts [Infographic]

It’s never too late to learn how to perform CPR. Considering four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, the life you save is likely to be someone you love – a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. These motivating stats below can inspire you to learn and potentially save a life! But first, let’s start with defining, “What is CPR?”

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

CPR Stats and Facts

Seventy percent of Americans feel helpless -to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. Educate yourself today on how to get started with your CPR certification; it could very well be the skill you have to make the ultimate difference to someone you love. Take a look at these stats and then give us a call:

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  • Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
    • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival
    • If you perform CPR, you can triple the person’s chance of survival
    • but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
    • Hands-Only CPR (CPR with just chest compressions) has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims.
    • Brain death starts to occur within four to 6 minutes after cardiac arrest if no one administers CPR or defibrillation with an AED does not occur during that time.
  • Less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

Don’t be afraid, your actions can only help!

If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should!

CPR AED Training Classes At Oceanside CPR

Consider taking a CPR AED training class at Oceanside CPR . Our program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace and teaches skills with research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills.

As CPR instructors with over 25 years of experience, we are able to provide a relaxed and comfortable teaching environment, no matter what class you are looking for. Our goal is to prepare people with the confidence so they can perform CPR in any life-threatening emergency – Without Hesitation! Whether you are interested in attending a class, scheduling an on-site training or just have a general question, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (732) 616-2407.