More People Are Stepping Up To Perform CPR, And It’s Saving LivesBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – More people are stepping up to the plate when they see others suffer cardiac arrest, according to two new studies. And the increase in the number of bystanders providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been tied to better outcomes of the usually fatal condition, researchers report in JAMA. “In terms of outcomes we saw survival with good brain function increase by 37 percent, which is a very remarkable result,” said Dr. Carolina Malta Hansen of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. Hansen, the lead author of one of the studies, said a person in cardiac arrest is practically dead. “Your heart is not beating to allow circulation,” she said. Each year in the U.S., there are about 400,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospitals that aren’t related to injuries, according to the American Heart Association. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation says about nine out of 10 people with this kind of cardiac arrest will die. People in cardiac arrest need CPR to keep blood flowing throughout the body, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Then they need to be shocked into a proper rhythm with a defibrillator. Without treatment, a person dies within minutes.
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