Today is January 4th, which can mean only one thing—it's National Trivia Day!
Ok, I'll admit I'd never heard of it either.
While it may not be as popular as National Pizza Day or National Take Your Dog to Work Day, it's still fun to learn some new things. One important genre of trivia to brush up on is CPR trivia. There's so much to know, and much of this knowledge can make you a better and more informed member of your community.
Here are a few facts that may surprise you, courtesy of our friends at the American Heart Association:
Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack
- Contrary to popular belief, a cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack.
- While a heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, a cardiac arrest is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart. This can cause the heart to beat irregularly, or to unexpectedly stop beating altogether.
- Every minute counts in a crisis situation. If someone is having a cardiac arrest, it is important to call 9-1-1 and use an AED as soon as possible.
A Global Issue
- Heart health is a big issue for everyone, no matter your country or culture.
- Did you know that around the world cardiac arrest claims more lives than breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined?
- Here in the United States, more than 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest every year.
Be Safe In The Workplace
- More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.
- CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.
- Did you know: only 50% of people can locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work? With over 10,000 annual cardiac arrests in the workplace, knowing this small piece of information has the potential to save countless lives. Check out some of our AED Packages:
You Can Help (And Help Quickly)
- Unfortunately, less than half of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. The 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics show that among the 356,000 that occurred, only 46% received bystander CPR.
- The majority of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur at public settings (39.5 percent), homes or residences (27.5%), and nursing homes (18.2%).
- Being trained in CPR and first aid can help save lives. Check out CPR Savers Training Courses for more information or to sign up for a class.