August 3, 2010 - In Omaha, a 911 dispatcher walked Mark Curley through the steps of CPR when he woke to find his wife, Virginia, in cardiac arrest. He kept her alive until paramedics arrived, who used CPR and an AutoPulse on the patient. Three weeks later, Virginia is grateful to all who helped save her life, and the fire department honored Mark with an award. "We know bystander CPR will increase survivability rate by 40 percent. We have living proof of that," said Chief Mike McDonnell.
When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public location get that help. According to the American Heart Association, the best thing to do is call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.
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