Hands-Only CPR and Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack

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Did you know there is a method of performing CPR that is HANDS-ONLY?  I did not, and this is vital information in our pandemic world. So I decided to learn more about Hands-Only CPR, and also reviewed the signs and symptoms of Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (they are different.)

First, a refresher on Heart Attack symptoms. It’s key to note that Heart Attacks can present differently in women and men—for more details, see my post, Heart Attack Symptoms in Women and Men. The following information and infographic from the American Heart Association lists the Heart Attack symptoms both men and women experience.

The AHA advises: “Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:”Heart Attack Warning Signs

Most people don’t realize there is a difference between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack, myself included. My cousin who is a nurse explained a heart attack is a “plumbing” problem (a blocked artery) whereas sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem (heart suddenly stops beating). While both are emergencies, if someone drops to the ground with Sudden Cardiac Arrest, to survive they need immediate CPR and/or a defibrillator.

For more information, visit this AHA page: Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Differences.

Since CPR is vital if someone goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest, here’s how you can safely help. First, call 911. Then perform HANDS-ONLY CPR.

The American Heart Association site has a lot of resources about Hands-Only CPR. Watch the video below to learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR.  This video and more information is available on the AHA site at: Hands-Only CPR.



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