1. After someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating,
he or she can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen
results in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your
loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating
oxygen to the brain.
2. Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies
occur in the home when a family member is present and available
to help a victim.
3. Accidental injuries are the leading cause of
death in children, and send over 16 million children a year to the
4. Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year
and approximately 350,000 of these victims die before ever reaching
5. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated,
the greater the chance of survival. The American Heart Association
estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could
be saved each year if CPR was performed early enough.
6. Re-training and retention of CPR learning is
a major requirement. Studies have shown that memory of CPR skills
and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after
training, among highly trained professionals, including: doctors,
nurses, and others.
7. Approximately 7 million adults and children
suffer from disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards
each year, resulting from accidents that may require CPR, according
to the American Heart Association. Some of the common causes of
"sudden death" include: Electric Shock, Heart Attacks, Drowning,
Severe Allergic Reactions, Choking, Drug Overdose, and Suffocation.
8. The country's #1 killers, a combination of heart
attacks and accidents, claim a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.
9. One in 6 men and one in 8 women over the age
of 45 have had a heart attack or stroke according to the American
10. Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur
in people under age 65.