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Save someone you love – learn CPR

If someone was in cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?

Approximately 40,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest each year in Canada. While approximately 80 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at home or in public, only 15 per cent of the time do bystanders act to perform CPR.

A cardiac arrest can occur at any time, in any place and most likely when you least expect it. Learning how, and when, to perform hands-only CPR can have a significant effect on a person’s chance of survival.

If you notice someone is unconscious (you are unable to wake the person up), here are a few tips to follow:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Send someone to get an AED if one is available
  • Check for absent or abnormal breathing and begin CPR

Early and effective hands-only CPR (pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute) can help restore blood flow to the brain and vital organs. Just remember:

  • Place hands in the Centre of the chest
  • Push hard and fast (compressions should be at a rate of 100 per minute and a depth of at least 5cm (2inches) for adults and children)
  • Repeat until paramedics arrive

Learning CPR is quick, easy and inexpensive. You can search for an accredited CPR agency in your area or visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

More information on hands-only CPR can be found at

York Region; CPR If someone was in cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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