CPR drive to combat youth heart attacks

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has initiated a nationwide campaign to teach CPR, responding to a surge in heart attack cases across age groups, particularly among youngsters. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a vital life-saving technique performed when a person’s heartbeat or breathing stops, involving chest compressions and rescue breaths. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched a program on December 6, aiming to provide CPR training simultaneously to 10 lakh individuals, making this crucial technique accessible as a form of first aid.

Recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau reveals a 12.5% increase in deaths due to cardiac arrests, rising from 28,413 in 2021 to 32,457 in 2022. State minister of Gujarat reported 1,052 heart attack deaths in the last six months, with 80% in the 11-25 age group. Experts commend the CPR training initiative, emphasizing its role in improving survival rates during emergencies. They attribute the rise in heart attacks to various factors, including lifestyle choices, sedentary habits, unhealthy diets, stress levels, and environmental factors. Screening for cardiac ailments in youngsters, especially those with a family history, is recommended to address potential issues before they escalate.

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