Kolkata , September 27 , 2022 : To make citizens able to save lives of people , Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata today created awareness about sudden cardiac arrest . Sudden cardiac arrest is a disease where the electrical circuits of the heart go haywire and heart suddenly stops beating . People suffering from sudden cardiac arrest fall suddenly unconscious and this could be happen anywhere to anyone as healthy as fit athletes as well .
In case of a heart attack which is caused by the blockages in the heart arteries , the patient complains of chest pain , breathlessness , uncomfortableness , nausea and profuse sweating . He / she can even express the need to take him / her to a hospital and there is time to reach a hospital . But , sudden cardiac arrest as the name suggests is very sudden and in most cases the patient has no symptom . Hence the people around him can only save his life by trying to make him conscious .
Cardio pulmonary resuscitation ( CPR ) is a lifesaving technique that’s useful in many emergencies in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped . For an untrained person , who is about the give CPR to a patient , The American Heart Association recommends starting CPR with hard and fast uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute until paramedics arrive . If a trained person , doesn’t find pulse and breathing in the patient he must begin CPR within 10 seconds – 30 chest compressions before giving two rescue breaths . This can be done on adults , children and infants needing CPR , but not new – borns ( infants up to 4 weeks old ) .
Present at the occasion , Dr. Aftab Khan , Consultant Cardiologist and Electro Physiologist , Apollo Multispecialty Hospitals Kolkata ” When the heart suddenly stops , the brain , which is the vital organ to run the body stops receiving blood and if the brain doesn’t receive blood for as long as 3 minutes , it can go into permanent damaged mode , what is known as coma and within 10 minutes this patient can die . Since time is too short for finding a doctor or reaching any hospital , it’s very crucial for people around the patient to revive him .”
About the initiative of creating awareness about sudden cardiac arrest , Dr. Surinder Singh Bhatia , DMS , Apollo Multispecialty Hospitals Kolkata , said ” 1 million people in India get affected by sudden cardiac arrests and every hour about two people in the city suffer from sudden cardiac arrest . Our aim is to make people aware about how to treat those patients immediately till they are taken to any hospital .”
CPR can keep oxygen – rich blood flowing to the brain and other organs until emergency medical treatment can restore a typical heart rhythm . To give CPR the correct steps to remember are CAB . C- compressions , A- opening Airway and B- rescue Breathing .
Process of CPR :
It’s important to make the patient lie down on his or her back on a firm surface and using both hands one needs to push down hard and fast in a specific way on the patient’s chest . Compressions are the most important step in CPR . The lower palm ( heel ) of the hand should be placed on the patient’s chest , between the nipples and the other hand on top of the first hand . Keeping elbows straight and positioning shoulders above the hands the process is to push straight down on ( compress ) the chest at least 2 inches ( 5 centimeters ) but no more than 2.4 inches ( 6 centimeters ) . Using the entire body weight ( not just arms ) when doing compressions , is very crucial .
A trained person in giving CPR can also give rescue breathing after 30 compressions . The palms should be put on the person’s forehead to gently tilt the head back and with the other hand , the chin should be gently lifted forward to open the airway . After opening the airway the nostrils should be shut for mouth – to – mouth breathing
About Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. ( AHEL )
It was in 1983 , that Dr. Prathap C. Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai . Now , as Asia’s foremost trusted integrated healthcare group , its presence includes over 12,000 beds across 71 Hospitals , 3,300 Pharmacies , over 90 Primary Care Clinics and 150 diagnostic centers , 110 plus Telemedicine Centres , over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials , epidemiological studies , stem cell & genetic research , Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical advancements with the most recent investment being the commissioning of South East Asia’s very first Proton Therapy Centre in Chennai . Every four days , the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives , in its mission to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual . In a rare honour , the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution , the first for a healthcare organization . Apollo Hospitals Chairman , Dr. Prathap C. Reddy , was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010 . For 35 years , the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation , world class clinical services and cutting – edge technology . Its hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services .