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Jamaicans urged to learn CPR

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is appealing for more Jamaicans to get trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Director of Cardiac Care at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Dr Hugh Wong said that knowledge of CPR can save lives.

Wong noted that in the case of cardiac arrest, early and appropriate resuscitation could improve survival outcomes.

"Cardiac arrest is a sudden unexpected cessation of the heartbeat, and when this occurs, there is no blood flowing. If there is no intervention within four to five minutes, the person will die," he pointed out.

"For every minute that you do not do CPR, the chances of survival fall by seven to 10 per cent, so within six minutes, your chances of survival have fallen to 40 or 30 per cent. All it requires is pumping on the chest 100 to 120 times per minute, but it must be done correctly," he warned.

Wong said it was important to note that four out of five cases of cardiac arrest occur in the home or the workplace, "so if you are going to do CPR, chances are you will not be doing it on a stranger. Most likely, it would be a loved one or a colleague."

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is observing CPR Week from June 12-18.