Q: What should I do if I think the person with me is having a heart attack?
A: If you understand the "chain of survival," which includes knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), you'll know where to start. You could possibly prevent the cardiac arrest death of a loved one, friend or neighbor by knowing when to phone 9-1-1 and when to begin CPR. Early access to trained emergency responders through 9-1-1, knowing how and when to begin CPR, and getting early advanced care for a heart attack or stroke victim can save his or her life.
More specifically, the American Heart Association 's adult chain of survival has four links of actions to perform should you be with an adult who becomes suddenly unresponsive:
Q: What is CPR?
A: CPR is a means of providing breathing and circulation to an unresponsive person. It is best taught in a training class. In general, the steps of CPR can be remembered as ABC:
Q: How can I learn CPR?
A: Palmetto Health regularly offers CPR training courses in the basement of 1501 Sumter St. on the Palmetto Health Baptist campus. Call 296-2273 for more details.