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posted on: 2/9/2018 9:49:53 AM
In honor of American Heart Month, Lima Memorial Hospital and the American Heart Association have teamed up to host a CPR demonstration at the Lima Rotary on Monday, February 12, 2018. Members of the Rotary will learn the basics of saving a life using Hands-Only CPR. Dr. Pamela Gardner, Division Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Lima Memorial Health System will present on the importance of knowing this lifesaving skill.
“Hands-Only CPR saves lives,” states Dr. Gardner. “Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help.”
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
According to Dr. Gardner, “There are two simple steps to effective CPR. “If you see a teen or adult go down, call 911 immediately, then push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.”