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Do you know the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

Many people use these terms interchangeably. That is not correct and the different emergencies need to be addressed differently.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked and can occur suddenly or may come and go over a longer period of time – hours, days, or even weeks.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system causes an irregular heartbeat. Improper functioning means the heart can’t pump blood to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. Death can occur within minutes without immediate intervention.

The combination of calling 911, early CPR, and early AED are the best chance of survival. Are you CPR/AED/First Aid certified? Do you know who in your bank is?

One-third of safety managers surveyed said lives have been saved at home and at the workplace as a result of first aid, CPR, and AED training provided at work – and three-quarters said injuries or medical conditions have been treated in the workplace with this training.

Providing this essential training to your employees can save a life.

For more information and training resources you can also check out HSI. Another great place to start looking for training is American Red Cross Training.


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