To most of us, life is precious. To others, life is just a pastime. Either way, life is flourishing all around the globe. With life comes vulnerability that drains the precious and pastime to an absolute zero. How do we know when it is our turn? The truth is, some of us know and some of don’t, and those of us who do have accepted inedibility. This inedibilityis because of terminal diseases, such as cancer, heart failure, and old age. Moreover, those of us who didn’t have no intention of accepting inevitability, thevulnerability has been determined to have no prejudices and will strike at a moment’s notice. Because we as human beings have the ability to learn, our society has given us tools to reject vulnerability.
All around the country and the world, workshops are offered to train the lay person (non-healthcare providers) on how to save a life when the heart stops beating. Of course, we want to prevent the heart from stopping. However, sometimes the enviable prevails. But we can make an effort to combat it and allow for a longer life span. But for those of us who are not ready, how do we know when it is our turn?
The human body is a complex wave of circuitry that sometimes misfires. The main function is the brain and the heart. The brain can malfunction when a disruption of blood flow occurs that starves parts of it. When this materializes, the cells starved begin to die. The same occurs to the heart when a disruption ensues, thus depriving parts of the heart of blood flow.
With the heart, pain can occur. With the brain, pain may occur, depending on whether there is a bleed or just an occlusion. Either one is dangerous and has the capability to allow vulnerability to meet inevitability. What do we do?
For the brain, early recognition and rapid transport to a hospital capable of handling a stroke is the preferred method. You have heard that time is muscle, right? In this case, time is brain. The longer one waits to get treatment, the worst the outcome, including death, is. Here are some symptoms for what we now call a brain attack (stroke):
- Blurred or double vision (not always).
- Unable to walk like you use too
- Unable to speak clearly, no matter how hard you try.
- Weakness on one side of the body (arms and legs).
- A headache in one spot or globally (mostly for bleeding in the brain).
Must you call 911 immediately? Absolutely! Until emergency services arrive, keep the head up by sitting 15 degrees or all the way to prevent pressure to a head that is already full of pressure. Protect breathing from vomiting. Keep calm because if you panic, the situation will be amplified 10x’s. Don’t give anything to eat or drink by mouth because choking may occur.
For an occlusion of an artery in the heart, most of the time pain occurs, but don’t rely on this wholeheartedly because men and women, mostly women, have a tendency to lack pain. When it occurs, we refer to it as a heart attack. Keep in mind that it’s not a cardiac arrest. The difference is that a heart attack is typically chest pain, shortness of breath or pain in the neck or arms in association with a blocked artery. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. A heart attack typically occurs first, and if it goes uncheckedover a period of time,cardiac arrest will occur. What do we do?
Must you call 911 immediately? Absolutely! Keep calm and keep everybody else calm. Allow the victim to get in any position he or she wants. If he or she doesn’t have any known bleeding in the stomach or intestines, and they ask you to get their medications, such as aspirin or nitroglycerin, get it without delay and hand it to them. Stay by his or her side until emergency services arrive.
Sometimes cardiac arrest may occur before emergency services arrive. If this happens, began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). You know what that is, right? You were offered to take a class in your community. Don’t tell me that you didn’t take it! Now is not the time to say, “Ah man I wish I took that class!”
Unfortunately, the average man and women, including teenagers don’t feel that he or she needs to take a CPR class. There are several kinds. Hands only, which only takes 2-5 minutes to learn, Heartsavor, CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), which only takes 3-4 hours to learn. You could go even further and add First Aid (FA) and turn out to have more life-saving knowledge than most of the people you know.
Time is muscle and time is brain. Think about this and understand that you can make a life-saving difference in the lives of people who suffer a stroke, heart attack, or cardiac arrest. The simple skills of recognizing a stroke, what a heart attack looks like, and pushing on the chest when you recognize cardiac arrest gives that person the opportunity to not only make it alive to the hospital but to go home and live a normal life.
The opportunities are there to learn, you do have the time to listen, you love your family, and they love you, and their lives depend on your immediate action. Moreover, life is vulnerable, and inevitably you will need this in one point of their lives. So now that you know this, can you explain to me why you didn’t learn CPR?