- A doctor from Pune has started a campaign on cardiac arrest on social media.
- The doctor through WhatsApp messages, tweets and Facebook posts has appealed to people that they should learn to identify cardiac arrest and should learn to impart cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Dr Suhas Hardas, a cardiologist from Pune, through his trust named ‘Hardas Heart Trust’ has already trained around 10,000 people from the city through more than 70 sessions. The free training program includes giving people training on how to impart CPR and how to identify cardiac arrest.
Dr Hardas said, “Around 88 per cent of cardiac arrest occur at home and most of the victims are healthy to begin with or are not known to have any previous heart problems. Most of us feel helpless in case of cardiac emergency, either because we have not been trained or we have been trained a long time back and we have completely lost the skill to administer CPR.”
He added, “CPR is used to resuscitate people. Dreams unfulfilled, duties unaccomplished and a huge void in the life of those related to the person who has died because of cardiac arrest leaves a permanent scar on the memories of these people. A lot of lives can be saved if effective ways are administered at the earliest. Chances of survival exponentially reduce with the passage of time. This is possible only if people are trained to administer CPR.”
What is a cardiac arrest?
A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood round your body, commonly because of a problem with electrical signals in your heart.
When your heart stops pumping blood, your brain is starved of oxygen. This causes you to fall unconscious and stop breathing.
What should we do when someone suffers from cardiac arrest?
- If brain is devoid of blood supply for three to four minutes, the person will die as brain dead.
- Check for his responsiveness. When you know that person is not responding call for an ambulance urgently.
- Give repeated chest compression and mouth to mouth breathing
- One should not stop performing CPR unless one sees definite medical help or definite signs of recovery.