Originally posted on CBS Detroit:
DETROIT (WWJ) - Do you know the leading killer of Detroiters and all Americans?
If you guessed heart attack, you’d be wrong.
It’s actually sudden cardiac arrest — an electrical interruption in the heart’s rhythm. Doctors say 95 percent of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest don’t survive, and in Detroit, the odds are even worse.
Talking to WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee during National CPR Awareness week, Wayne State ER Doctor Brian O’Neil said your best chance at surviving cardiac arrest is someone performing hands-only Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
“If you’re doing CPR without breaths you’ll save more patients,” O’Neil said. “The breaths actually stop you from doing CPR. It doesn’t do anything for the bellows. You’re not moving any oxygen, so you don’t need to add any oxygen.”
O’Neil said only about 40 percent of Americans know the life-saving technique — and studies show that even people trained in CPR are often reluctant to do…
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