Recognize sudden cardiac arrest
Unless it's treated quickly, sudden cardiac arrest—when the heart stops functioning properly—is often fatal. But hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), if begun immediately, can double or triple the chances of survival. That's why it is so important to know these red flags.
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Source: American Heart Association
- American Heart Association. "CPR is Key to Survival of Sudden Cardiac Arrest." https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/07/12/cpr-is-key-to-survival-of-sudden-cardiac-arrest.
- American Heart Association. "Emergency Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest." https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiac-arrest/emergency-treatment-of-cardiac-arrest.
- American Heart Association. "U.S. Commemorates 57th Consecutive American Heart Month in February." https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month.
- American Red Cross. "Hands-only CPR." https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/performing-cpr/hands-only-cpr.