"Today we should go to our workplaces, to our schools, to our gyms and find the defibrillator now, so that we are prepared when an emergency occurs."
As part of Today's coverage of Bob Harper this week, a reporter along with an American Heart Association representative visit a fitness center to see if members can find the AED. After little success, AHA Instructor Sarah Gillen offers this important advice:
During a cardiac arrest emergency, every second counts. Calling 911, retrieving and using the AED, and performing CPR must happen within minutes. Time spent searching for an AED, or wondering if there even is one, can drastically affect the victim's chances of survival.
"If I can just say...one thing that I hope people take away from this: I will never ever walk into a gym again that doesn't have CPR (people who know CPR), and there's an AED somewhere in that gym. And I will make sure that every place has something like that."
Celebrity trainer Bob Harper gives in-depth interview regarding the severe heart attack and cardiac arrest he suffered at a gym on February 12, 2017. He speaks about the event, his ongoing recovery, and some revelations and advice moving forward. If you have the time, the entire interview is well worth it. Regarding his heart attack/cardiac arrest experience in particular: view :51-2:01, and on the importance of CPR and AEDs in gyms and fitness centers: view 4:51-5:24.
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