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How Much Do You Know About CPR and Defibrillators?

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in adults in the United States. Knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) may help you save the life of someone who goes into cardiac arrest. Learn more about CPR by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Heart Association (AHA).

1. When was CPR first developed?
2. How does CPR help when a person goes into cardiac arrest?
3. What's the first thing a person should do before beginning CPR?
4. After calling 911, what is the next step in CPR?
5. The faster that CPR begins, the better the chances of a victim's recovery. What is the critical time for CPR to begin?
6. How does an automatic external defibrillator (AED) help a person who is in cardiac arrest?
7. Who can use an AED?
8. When should you stop doing CPR on a victim?
Winchester Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology offers a full range of cutting edge treatment options that include both medical and interventional techniques.

Medical cardiologists will determine what diagnostic procedures you need and whether the results of these evaluations indicate that you need direct intervention or may safely embark on a course of drug therapy, lifestyle changes, or other conservative steps alone. Depending on the diagnosis, a medical cardiologist may then continue to manage or help manage your care, monitoring your condition, your drug regimen, and any need for further treatment.

Sometimes medical therapy isn’t enough and interventions become necessary. Interventional cardiologists use minimally invasive methods to clear blockages in the coronary arteries, namely angioplasty and stenting, to treat peripheral arterial disease without opening the chest for surgery. These types of procedures don’t take place in an operating room. Interventional cardiologists perform minimally invasive techniques in the catheterization lab, or cath lab as it is more commonly known.

Winchester Medical Center offers interventional treatment options including: 
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