Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack though they are often confused with one another. While a heart attack is compromised blood flow to a particular section of the heart, sudden cardiac arrest is a malfunction of the heart that causes the heart to stop beating. This is a leading cause of death and because it often comes with no warnings or symptoms other than the collapse itself, it can be very unexpected and frightening. As a family caregiver it is important that you know how to respond to such an emergency event. Often these events can be reversed and the victim can survive if the proper immediate actions are taken.
If you suspect that your parent has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, call emergency medical assistance immediately.
Tell the operator that you believe that your parent has suffered cardiac arrest and listen closely to their instructions so that you can support them until the workers arrive. If there is an AED available in the area, get it and use it as soon as possible. If not, begin CPR. If there are two people available to help, have one call 9-1-1 and look for an AED while the other starts CPR. Keep up with these efforts until the emergency team arrives.
Unless you are specifically instructed to, do not attempt to bring someone who has suffered cardiac arrest to the hospital yourself. The ambulance will have medical professionals who can start treatment upon arrival and get your parent in to the doctor far faster than if you tried to bring them in yourself.
Starting elderly care for your aging parent to be one of the best decisions that you make for them during their later years. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with them means that your senior can pursue a lifestyle that is active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling.
Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider ensures that your parent has access to care and assistance that allows them to manage their individual limitations, challenges, and needs in the ways that are right for them while allowing you to remain at the forefront of their care routine. This means that you can focus your energy and attention on all aspects of your life in the most efficient and meaningful ways possible while knowing that your senior is getting the care that they need to stay happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable as they age in place. This can relieve stress for you and encourage the highest quality of life for your parent.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...