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  • Writer's pictureJessica Windham

Cardiac Arrest and CPR

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. If a person stops breathing, or their heart stops beating effectively, this lifesaving technique is used to restore oxygenated blood flow to the vital organs. CPR combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. If a person’s heart has stopped beating and CPR is done soon after, it can double or even triple the chances of survival. Just remember it is always better to provide CPR to someone who doesn’t need it than not to provide it to someone who does need it.

My 17 yr old healthy cousin Grace suffered a sudden arrest in the setting of acute myocarditis a few months ago. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart and in Grace's case was caused by a virus. This particular virus only lives in our gut and travels to areas of the body when it senses weakness. Grace was suffering from a cold with congestion. The cold, strenuous exercise in her soccer game that night, caffeine and a hot shower were the perfect storm for that virus to attack. Hear this heart wrenching story of how it all happened and the importance CPR played in this unexpected life event.

Grace has made a full recovery with no side effects or permanent damage to her heart. We are all very grateful she is still here and saved with a lifesaving skill, CPR.

For more information or to register for a CPR certification class, call Ochsner Community Training Center at 504-842-6684

This is a true story and my own work.



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