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CPR Saves Lives!

cpr saves livesCPR in an emergency situation can be performed by you even if you haven’t taken a class or your certification has expired.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is easier and more effective than the methods of the past.

Presently, there are three effective ways to perform CPR in situations of cardiac arrest when, a person over-exerts themselves, or they have cardiovascular disease, or other unknown reasons and causes, which results in the person’s heart to stop beating or the person stops breathing.

CPR is Necessary!

In approximately four minutes, an individual can receive brain damage if he or she stops breathing or his or her heart stops beating.  Their brain does not receive the oxygen needed to function properly.  In addition, shortly after four minutes without receiving oxygen to the brain, the victim could die.  However, even untrained individuals can save the lives of people by delivering CPR until experienced medical aid arrives.

The American Heart Association informs us that over 300,000 non-hospital cardiac arrest occur in the United States each year with over 80% of all cardiac arrest happening at home.  Chances are, if you know how to perform CPR, you might save the life of a family member or someone you love and care about.

In 2011, the American Heart Association determined that by merely watching a 60 second video about compression-only CPR, the information presented in the video provides enough “awareness and confidence to perform CPR in an emergency.”

CPR Video

Take the time to watch this short video.  If you’re ever faced with a cardiac arrest emergency, call 911 and then execute CPR as best you can; it buys time for the victim and performing even a little CPR is better than not doing anything at all.

You can find more valuable information at the American Heart Association’s website.  While it’s important for you to know and understand the basics of “hands-only CPR,” it’s equally as important that your family, friends, and co-workers are informed, as well.  Take the time to learn more and share it with your family, friends, and co-workers.  You might save someone’s life.

About the author: George Zapo is certified in Public Health Promotion and Education (Kent State University). George provides informative articles promoting healthy behavior and lifestyles.

5 comments… add one
  • Healthcare Provider CPR

    I read the post and also seen the video, both are quite interesting and informative. I would like to know little bit information regarding same topic.

  • Tina Bosela


    What a very educational article. I have to say that every post you provide is excellent!! I love the CPR video. It will save a life. Keep up the exceptional work!

    Take care,


    • Thank you Tina! I appreciate your kind words! I’ll continue doing the best I can to provide valuable content.

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