Defibrillators to be put into eight vehicles

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:10 PM.

Coffey said that heart attack victims who are not resuscitated quickly could have damage to vital organs, such as the brain, from a lack of oxygen. With that in mind, he said those who see someone having a heart attack and not breathing should take steps right away, including CPR.

"Hands-on CPR, all they have to do is circulate the blood and we’ll do the rest," Coffey said.

Coffey said that only about one of 20 cardiac patients have been given CPR by friends or relatives prior to the arrival of emergency crews, which he said is a real shortfall. Some of the members of his staff have recently been to instructor training so that they can soon begin classes in CPR for local residents, he said.

Another key part of survival from a heart arrest is to call for help as soon as symptoms are detected.

"The main symptom of a heart attack is chest pain, a crushing pain in the center of the chest," Lee said. "You could have pain that moves from your left arm down to your jaw. You may see profuse sweating when it’s cool outside or cool in the house."

Coffey said anyone age 35 and older experiencing tightness in the chest, pain in the shoulders and other symptoms should call 911. 



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