Across America, more than785,000 people are expected to experience their first heart attack this year, which equals out to more than 2,000 a day.
Now with more research showing that a majority of those cardiac arrests and strokes occur at home, and the American Heart Association says to help save lives, everyone should know CPR. That's because statically speaking anyone is ever called to administer CPR it's most likely going to be for a spouse, child. grandparent or friend.
Genesis St. Clair, with Lubbock CPR, said the worst thing anyone can do is nothing.
"Lack of action is the worst thing. When a person does go into cardiac arrest and does nothing, like I said, every minute that they're in that state, 10% of their chances is lost," St. Clair said. "And I think it's important to understand that they are basically dead at the point that they need CPR if you want to think about it that way, and if you do nothing, that's the way that they're going to stay."
So if one is ever in that situation and has no history of CPR certification, the first thing to do is call 911, she said. Get the person on their back and on the floor, and then, training or not, start fast and hard compressions in the center of their chest.
"They just think that they're sleeping, or unconscious, that is absolutely not the case," St. Clair said."Their heart has stopped, they're not breathing, there's really no other way to think about it other than the person's basically dead. So if you think about that, you'll act."