Heart Restart is a program dedicated to increasing emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest through hands-on training and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles to prevent heart disease. We provide skills-based training on how to do compressions-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This program focuses on the importance of being prepared to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest and to be empowered to act in an emergency. This program works to partner with local organizations, clubs, and area schools to provide this lifesaving training. In addition, this program works to equip our partners with a defibrillator, making a each location, and our community, a safer place.
5 Myths and Misconceptions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
1. A sudden cardiac arrest is the same thing as a heart attack.
These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. A sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, due to a problem with the electrical signals that cause the heart to beat. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to the heart is blocked. The heart does not stop beating during a heart attack, but some of the heart tissue may die, and if left untreated can lead to a cardiac arrest.
2. There is no way of knowing if you are at risk for a sudden cardiac arrest.
This is false – using your family history, your doctor can determine if you are at an elevated risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Speak with your physician to learn more.
3. There is nothing that can be done if someone’s heart stops beating.
False – when a person’s heart stops, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can continue to circulate oxygenated blood throughout the victim’s body helping to keep them alive. Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can actually shock a heart back into its normal rhythm.
To learn more about the steps to take in an emergency, visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacArrest/Warning-Signs-and-Emergency-Treatment-of-Cardiac-Arrest_UCM_307911_Article.jsp
4. You are better off waiting for professional help than performing CPR on your own.
YOU can save a life - just remember to push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Call 9-1-1 first to ensure emergency medical services are on the way. Often, the dispatcher can help talk you through performing CPR. For every minute that goes by without help, chances of survival decrease by 7 – 10%. Performing CPR can double or triple a victim’s chances of survival.
5. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are for professional use only.
False – AEDs are designed so that they can be used by bystanders in an emergency, even if they haven’t had any training. The most important step is turn on the device. Voice prompts will then talk you through the steps to defibrillation. This machine analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm and decides whether or not a shock is needed. One study (Gundry, 1999) found that sixth graders were able to successfully use an AED without any training.
Sources: American Heart Association; NIH: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute; Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
A Hope Heart Institute partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of WA
The Hope Heart Institute is honored to partner with the with Boys and Girls Clubs of WA with a pilot program in 3 B&GC sites in the Bellevue area over a two year time period. We will provide an AED to each site as well as provide hands only CPR/AED training to volunteer coaches, parents and refresher training to staff at the beginning of each sports season. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes - In the United States, a young competitive athlete dies suddenly every three days.
Why get trained?
- Since 2005, the Red Cross has recognized that Compression-Only CPR is the best technique for a bystander.
- Research also shows that there is an 11% reduction in death before hospital discharge for patients suffering a heart arrest in settings with a PAD program compared to areas trained for CPR only.
Keep it fresh.
- The #1 reason bystanders do not help in an emergency is that they are worried about doing CPR incorrectly.
- Currently, the American Red Cross requires annual refresher training. AHA and other organizations require refresher training on a biannual basis.
- Several studies have concluded that CPR skills rapidly deteriorate following training. Additional studies report improved retention when a frequent refresher (less than 30 minutes) is conducted every 6 months.
For more information or to schedule a training, contact Carrie Nass, firstname.lastname@example.org