Dr. Bill Hammill, MJH Cardiologist, explains that sudden cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning. When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isn't breathing normally, coughing or moving.
We are telling people about CPR now because we want them to start thinking about how they can prepare themselves for this difficult situation. Martha Jefferson Hospital is offering a course which will be given at the hospital in February. We're giving it three times on the 23rd of February. The sessions are only an hour and you'll be armed with the tools to help those in need.