2:40pm Friday 8th February 2013
By Emma Innes
Doctors in Harrow are supporting the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month by encouraging people to learn about CPR.
The team at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital, in Sudbury Hill, want the people of Harrow to learn about 'hands only' cardio-lumponary rescuscitation (CPR) as this gives people who have not had full training the knowledge to save a life.
Professor of clinical cardiology Professor Jaspal Kooner said: “Every second counts in the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrest following a heart attack.
“If you suspect that someone is having or has had a heart attack you must immediately dial 999.
“Advice from the British Heart Foundation still states that the combined method, chest compressions with rescue breaths, is still the gold standard.
“But, for those who haven’t had CPR training 'hands-only' CPR, which involves hard and fast compressions at the rate of 100-120 beats per minute, is an effective tool to help save someone’s life.
“Hand’s only CPR is easy to remember and gives people the opportunity to step up and become a hero when most needed.”
If an adult has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they will have gone into cardiac arrest.
Professor Kooner provides advice on what people should do if they suspect someone has had a heart attack which has led to cardiac arrest:
Executive director, Jan Hale, at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital, said: “We hope that our support of this campaign will help to raise awareness and understanding around the symptoms of heart attack and the quick action required to help save someone’s life.
“Hands only CPR should give people in the Harrow community the confidence and know-how to step in when required and help save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, the ultimate medical emergency.”
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