Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Heart Attacks: Causes and Symptoms
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is one of the most important basic first aid actions to undertake for people who are suffering a heart attack. Knowledge of the maneuver can be of great help in the event that someone is experiencing heart attack to help the probability of revival and survival.
Heart attacks are one of the biggest killers of the world. Many countries, both developed and undeveloped, have heart attack as one of the top ten causes of death in their citizens. There are a lot of causes of heart attacks. The most natural cause of heart attack is a weak heart, something that is acquired on birth. A weak heart, combined with stress and shock, can easily put a person under cardiac arrest. One other reason, which is less natural, is the bad lifestyle and habits of the person. The intake of lots of fats and oils can affect the integrity of blood vessels, clogging blood flow, increasing blood pressure, and can ultimately lead to the stop of blood flow. These are just two of a myriad of reasons that causes heart attacks.
Knowing the causes is one way to prevent a heart attack. Avoiding too much heart-attack inducing food is one way, the other is avoiding too much stress. Even with avoidance, there are still times when heart attacks should be expected. There are signs and symptoms that tell that a heart attack might occur. The term ‘might’ is used because there is no certainty that a heart attack might happen, as these signs and symptoms are mostly common enough for most unfit people. Having chest pains is one of the most common symptom of heart attacks. Shortness of breath, too much sweat and fatigue could all signify that the person might be close to experiencing a heart attack.
For those that are able to detect and recognize the onset of these symptoms, partnered with the knowledge of the person’s history or lifestyle, one can deduce if a person is susceptible in experiencing a heart attack. With the knowledge of an expected heart attack, even with a little chance, there are times when getting proper CPR training can be helpful in the long run.
Training for CPR can be done as fast as an hour or as long as a month. The skill that you will get will also differ from the time that you can allot for the training period. There are also differences between free trainings and paid trainings, with the availability of qualified personnel to assist you personally, as well as the equipment you can use for the training period. More practice and more time given to the training will ensure that the technique that you will be able to develop is something that can be really useful if and when the time comes that you will have to use what you have learned. The knowledge of proper pumping and pacing can be the critical aspect in the life or death situation that you may find yourself into.