Effect of COVID-19 on Heart and Role of CPR

Covid 19 also known as the newly discovered Coronavirus is an infectious disease. People infected with the virus will experience severe to mild symptoms. A large population of those infected do not require specialized treatment. People at a higher risk of developing severe Covid 19 symptoms are those with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and severe respiratory problems. The disease spreads through droplets from saliva and coughing. The best way to protect yourself and loved ones is by acquiring as much knowledge as you can about the disease.

Most people infected with Covid 19 don’t show any symptoms, commonly referred to asymptomatic. The most common symptoms are: dry cough, fever and tiredness. Other symptoms include aches and pains, sore throat, headache, conjunctivitis, diarrhoea and a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes. Persons with severe system have difficulty moving, chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath or difficult breathing. It takes an infected person between five and fourteen days to show symptoms.

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Do You Know How To Handle A Heart Attack?

CPR CertificationDid You Know?

  • Approximately 715,000 heart attacks occur in the United States every year.
  • Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for Americans.
  • More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting each year in the United States.
  • More than 70% of these happen at home, making it critical that people are educated and prepared in case a loved one goes into cardiac arrest.
  • About 90% of people who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will die; however, their chances of survival can double or triple if they receive help within the first few minutes of an attack.

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