I have worked as a Surgery Scheduler in Cardiology for years in my past and we would see a variety of cardiac patients from those maintaining their known Cardiac disease, pregnant women who start developing arrhythmia’s or had murmurs surface, young and old with new symptoms that they want to act on and the luckiest patients are the ones following up from their recent hospital visit after suffering cardiac arrest. They are lucky because they are survivors. Whether it be because they recognized symptoms early and got to the hospital in time or because someone gave them life-saving CPR. Especially important is How to do CPR in an emergency when alone.
Could you stop everything you are doing at this very moment and perform CPR? There is a form of CPR that works in place of the traditional compressions-breaths-compression form. Now if a patient stops breathing due to other reasons besides Cardiac Arrest such as a drowning, small child stops breathing or a drug overdose then the classic form of CPR is what is needed for their best chance of survival. However, if a patient is in true cardiac arrest due to a heart attack, also called a Myocardial Infarction then you may simply give compressions.
This form really works best if you simply forget how to do CPR or are alone and do not have another person able to quickly give breaths so compressions can start going again- it simply takes too long to stop and give a breath. In an article I found that everyone should read, it states that when someone is in Cardiac Arrest “Your hands are their heart”. For every second you are not giving a compression, the brain is not receiving blood!
Read the Article HERE!
All that you have to remember is put the palm of one hand mid chest (between the nipples) and take your other hand and place it on top of the other and lock fingers. Then lock your elbows and give firm, fast compressions. Of course, by now you have called 9-1-1 and this is what you will be doing until help arrives.
Keep in mind that you could be giving an upwards of 600-700 compressions waiting for help to arrive but if that brain loses blood then the real resuscitation efforts will be compromised once they arrive at the hospital or within the ambulance. DO NOT STOP. Do not get discouraged (easier said then done, right?)! You must try and stay calm for two reasons- so you keep a steady, fast-paced rhythm and so you can focus on when they begin breathing on their own. When in doubt if they are breathing, just put your ear to their mouth and you WILL tell if they are breathing or not. But be fast because if they are not then remember…your hands are their heart!