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No family can rely on 911 alone. When someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she typically can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brai
Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.
Accidental injuries, including choking and drowning, are the leading cause of death in children -- and send over 16 million kids a year to the emergency room.
Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, and approximately 350,000 of these people die before ever reaching a hospital.
CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough.
Retention of CPR learning is a major issue, according to the American Heart Association. In fact, studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after training, even among highly trained professionals -- including doctors, nurses, and more.
CPR is not just for heart attacks! Approximately 7 million adults and children suffer disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards each year, resulting from accidents which may require CPR, according to the American Heart Association.
Some of the common causes of "sudden death" that may require CPR include:Electric Shock, Heart Attacks, Drowning, Severe Allergic Reactions, Choking, Drug Overdose, Suffocation.
The country's #1 killers -- a combination of heart attacks and accidents -- claim a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.
One in six men and one in eight women age 45 and over have had a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur in people under age 65.
CPR Facts and Statistics
♥ Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. Most arrests occur in persons with underlying heart disease.
♥ CPR doubles a person's chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
♥ 75% of all cardiac arrests happen in people's homes.
♥ The typical victim of cardiac arrest is a man in his early 60's and a woman in her late 60's.
♥ Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men compared to women.
♥ CPR was invented in 1960
♥ There has never been a case of HIV transmitted by mouth-to-mouth CPR.
♥ In sudden cardiac arrest the heart goes from a normal heartbeat to a quivering rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). This happens in approximately 2/3rds of all cardiac arrests. VF is fatal unless an electric shock, called defibrillation, can be given. CPR does not stop VF but CPR extends the window of time in which defibrillation can be effective.
♥ CPR provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart and keeps these organs alive until defibrillation can shock the heart into a normal rhythm.
♥ If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation provided within 10 minutes a person has a 40% chance of survival.
♥ Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was described in the Bible (mostly performed by midwives to resuscitate newborns) it fell out of practice until it was rediscovered in the 1950s.
Fun Facts About the CPR and the Human Body
The Human Heart
Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attacks is the greatest.
Your heart beats some 37,000,000 times a year.
The human heart weighs less then a pound.
During your life your heart will beat some two-and-a-half-billion times.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
An average of 100 people choke to death on ball point pens each year.
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
The Human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.
If you hook Jello up to an EEG, it registers movements almost identical to a human adult's brain waves.
It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensations.
The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.
During a 24-hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times.
Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. For most people, if they were asked to draw a picture of what the lungs look like they would draw both looking roughly the same size. While the lungs are fairly similar in size, the human heart, though located fairly centrally, is tilted slightly to the left making it take up more room on that side of the body and crowding out that poor left lung.
Coughing, Sneezing, and what lurks in the human mouth.
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph.
Coughs clock in at about 60 mph.
More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria are exchanged during a French Kiss.
The Human Body
Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies.
You get a new stomach lining every three to four days.
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as a medicine.
Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt light-bulb.
About 300 million cells die in your every minute.
About 70% of all living organisms in the world are bacteria.
A whales' heart beats only nine times a minute.
Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
In the United States there is one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 14 seconds.
Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to bring the back teeth together for chewing.
Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.