Dr Kevin Campbell: The Importance of CPR in preventing sudden death

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Earlier this month, five freshmen boys at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh were having lunch and witnessed another patron collapse. The boys, who were trained in CPR during health class at school, immediately performed team CPR and were able to save the person’s life

In the United States today, nearly 400,000 people die of sudden death. The survival rate is less than 1 percent unless CPR and defibrillation (shocks) are provided quickly by bystanders. A Study in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) showed that by increasing rates of bystander CPR we can triple survival rates. This argues for an immediate push in the U.S. to train everyone in the performance of CPR.

CPR is performed by bystanders during a cardiac arrest. CPR allows bystanders to initiate life-saving measures while EMS arrives. CPR involves rescue breathing and chest compressions in order to restore circulation when a patient’s heart stops or when a victim stop breathing.

In addition to CPR, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) allow bystanders to place pads on a victim and the machine can analyze the patient’s rhythm and deliver a life-saving shock if necessary.

Sudden cardiac death is the leading killer in the U.S. today. Heart disease kills more people than all types of cancer combined. Sudden cardiac death is not a heart attack—it can be associated with a heart attack but there is a difference. Sudden Cardiac Death occurs when the heart no longer beats properly—a deadly rhythm called ventricular fibrillation effectively stops all blood from pumping.

A heart attack occurs when an artery in the heart becomes blocked and deprives the heart muscle from blood flow and oxygen.

The Best way to learn CPR is to reach out to your local American Red Cross. Rex Healthcare in Raleigh offers CPR classes for friends and family at their Wellness centers. It is essential to learn CPR in order to save lives.

To get in touch with Dr. Campbell, you can head to his website, Facebook page or message him on Twitter. If there’s a topic you’d like to see Dr. Campbell cover, let us know by sending an email to newstips@wncn.com.

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