Amidst CPR Awareness Week, Studies Show CPR May be Effective When Performed with the Hands Only

Calling 911 is always a great step to take when someone becomes unresponsive, but what is done in the meantime often makes a large difference in the long-term quality of life for the affected individual.

Online PR News – 12-June-2012 – Orlando,Florida – More than 300,000 people suffer cardiac emergencies outside of hospitals each year. Unfortunately, only about 6%, or 18,000, of those individuals survive. Only in a fraction of cases where they have an opportunity do people actually perform CPR, and studies suggest CPR increases the survival rate to 12%.

Studies have also found people are more likely to perform CPR when it only involves use of the hands. Additionally, evidence has shown performing chest compressions may be just as effective as performing compressions and breathing mouth-to-mouth, but further research will have to be performed to confirm this theory.

To spread awareness of this issue, the cardiology physicians at the Florida Heart Group are joining the American Heart Association in celebrating national CPR week from June 1 – 7.

Common heart attack signs include:

Chest discomfort lasting more than a few minutes
Pain, fullness, or a squeezing feeling in the heart that goes away and comes back
Pain in the arms, the back, neck, jaw, and stomach
Shortness of breath
Nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat

Heart attack symptoms are typically present for weeks before the actual attack occurs. Heart attacks generally last 15 to 20 minutes, but they can be much shorter or longer. Once severe symptoms are observed, it is important for individuals observing the person suffering a heart attack to call 911 and begin performing chest compressions immediately. Chest compressions can not only save people’s lives but also prevent a number of painful long-term symptoms including pain in the heart lining, swelling in the artery wall, a build-up of fluid in the ankles and legs, and additional heart attacks.

Monitoring heart health is not just up to people with cardiac conditions. Women should treat their health just like seeing their OBGYN – it’s just something they should do as part of their normal personal care routine. Even though they look great on the outside, athletes can also be experiencing cardiac health issues. For everyone in general, who may have existing heart problems or none at all, Florida Heart Group’s Orlando heart team recommends a preventative screening. The Florida cardiology practice is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About ABOUT FLORIDA HEART GROUP: Since its founding in 1979, Florida Heart Group has grown into a local leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The practice has over 19 cardiologists and numerous Orlando cardiology specializations, including Interventional Cardiology, Women’s Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Arrhythmia, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Diagnostic Imaging. Florida Heart Group can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and on their heart blog.

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