Recently, I read that, in Canada, the
best place to have a heart attack is in the city of Edmonton. Why? Because
there, almost one in two citizens knows how to perform CPR (cardio pulmonary
resuscitation). Even more impressive was information on the city of Seattle,
only three hours from Vancouver by car. There, nearly every citizen knows
how to perform CPR.
What difference does it make? If you
suffer a heart attack, having someone perform this lifesaving technique
doubles your chance for survival. Brain death begins only four to six
minutes after your heart stops beating. If someone is able to keep oxygen
flowing to your brain (by performing CPR) your chances of survival are much
My daughter, for example, has learned
this technique at her high school. My sister learned it as a swimming pool
lifeguard. For me, I've only read about it and am not certain if I could do
it correctly in an emergency.
One thing is for sure, however. This
recent news has made me think: how would I feel if someone needed CPR and I
was unable to provide them with a chance for survival? Really, it's about
time I learned! And you?
Bystander CPR best way to save lives
Article on CPR from CBC news.
"To save lives, the public must learn CPR."
Study links heart attack location, survival rate
CTV news article about where it's best to
have a heart attack in Canada
Information on Learning CPR
Diagram of the technique along with a good
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