After interviewing a friend about CPR and MI, I realized there are a lot of misconceptions involving a pretty serious topic! Although my friend could identify that CPR involved pounding on somebody’s chest, the actual understanding of what CPR does was not there. My friend had also never heard the term Myocardial Infarction. My friend explained that “CPR happens when you have a heart attack.” Although CPR may be necessary after a bad heart attack, CPR is not only used for heart attacks. There are many different reasons why a person may go into Cardiopulmonary Arrest, which may include sudden heart failure, cardiomyopathy, respiratory issues, or MI. My friend only identified chest pain as a symptom of heart attack, so it was important that I educated them that back pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, SOB, and jaw pain may present.
This interview opened my eyes to the reality that non-medical personnel really do not fully understand how important high quality CPR can be in saving a family member or even a stranger. Education must be increased to encourage more community members to take CPR classes. If we fully help them understand what high quality CPR can do physiologically and encourage FAST action we can see higher survival rates within the community!