Warning Signs for Cardiac Arrest

Updated:Oct 5,2011

EMTs In Ambulance With PatientCardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning.

Here are the signs:

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders).
                   No response to tapping on shoulders.
                   Does nothing when you ask if he's OK.

If these signs of cardiac arrest are present,

  • Yell for help
                    Tell someone to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number and get an AED (if one is available). 
                    If you are alone with an adult who has these signs of cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 and get an AED (if one is available). 
  • Check breathing:
                    If the person isn't breathing or is only gasping, give CPR.
  • Push hard and Push Fast
                    Use an AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompt.
  • Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move or someone with more advanced training takes over.
Learn why the American Heart Association does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet.

"This content was last reviewed on 07/12/2011."