How to Recognize Sudden Cardiac Arrest

January 19, 2023

Two signs that someone needs CPR:

  • Suddenly collapses
  • Agonal breathing or not breathing

What is agnonal breathing?

Occurs when the brain is not getting enough oxygen. Look for:

  • Gasping for air
  • Irregular breaths
  • Occasional breaths
  • Barely breathing

Did they faint or are they in cardiac arrest?

Check for breathing! People who faint still breath normally. If breathing is irregular, start CPR.

How to check for breathing?

  • Look at their chest - it will rise with each breath.
  • Look at their fingers - if they look blue or ashy, they are not breathing adequately.

You can make a difference.

Survival rates drop dramatically each minute that passes without CPR. Therefore, it is critical to recognize a cardiac arrest quickly and respond immediately.

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