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According to the American Heart Association, about 92
percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but
statistics prove that if more people new
CPR, more lives could be saved. That is
why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to know what is CPR.

WHAT IS CPR?

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The
use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t
know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest
victims, CPR can save lives. The purpose of
CPR is to keep the heart pumping and
provide a continuous flow of
oxygen to the lungs and brain
until emergency care arrives.

What is
Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops beating. If cardiac
arrest occurs, blood will stop circulating around the body. Breathing will also
cease as well though it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without a
supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are
incredibly sensitive, after about 4 -5 minutes of no oxygen brain cells will
begin dying leading to brain damage and death.

Learn CPR
and help make a difference!

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