Cardiac arrests are scary events that 350,000 Americans experience outside of hospitals each year, and only 10% survive. This story about my friend @kevin_volpp, a doctor & renowned researcher, highlights all the things that need to go right for survival.…
First, @kevin_volpp was with people who knew CPR and jumped into action right away. Then, first responders were called immediately and were able to use a defibrillator (AED) on him -- a critical device that can shock a heart back into rhythm if needed -- within a few minutes.
Once Kevin arrived at the hospital, he was treated immediately, with a “door-to-balloon” time of just 1 hour and 8 minutes, well below the @American_Heart target of 1 hour and 30 minutes.…
Kevin’s story also highlights the extraordinary collaboration needed to treat and recover from a cardiac arrest: EMTs, critical care nurses, cardiologists, sonographers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers and care coordinators, and many more.
Would you be able to do your part if a friend, loved one, or stranger experienced a cardiac arrest? If you’re able, consider taking a CPR class, such as the free classes offered by @FDNY:

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