When a person is having a heart attack, there is just a window of few minutes in which others can act in order to help the person survive. One of the things that can help a person suffering from a heart attack is CPR, also known as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
In fact, the American Heart Association is a strong advocate for CPR for heart attack as it can save a person's life. There are many voluntary organizations that offer courses on CPR and you will benefit from if you have a family member who suffers from a heart ailment.
Usually CPR for heart attack is done when the person having the attack becomes unconscious or when no visible pulse can be felt. The CPR should begin immediately without any delay. For people who have not taken any classes on CPR can follow the steps described below:
- There is an upside down V-shaped notch that is present in the lower part of the rib cage. This where the CPR should be given. Position the middle finger in the notch and spread out the index finger on the breastbone. Then position the heel of the other hand on the index finger.
- Interlock the fingers of both your hands and then apply pressure on the breastbone using just the heels of your hands.
- Make sure that the elbows of your hands are in a straight position. Use your body weight to exert the pressure on the heels of your hands.
- The pressure exerted should be quick and firm, and in a downwards motion. Once you exert the pressure, relax and then resume exerting the pressure.
- You need to compress about hundred times in a single minute. So, time yourself. In order to get the timing right, you can count loudly.
CPR given in this manner should be continued until the paramedics arrive and take over the situation.
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