WHAT IS UNRESPONSIVE

 

A person who is unresponsive might look like they are sleeping, but they are not.  They do not talk, move, and may not be breathing.  Their heart may not be beating.

 

What causes someone to be unresponsive?

 

Medical problems - The heart, brain, or lungs may have a disease.  Someone may be sick with a bad infection

 

Accidents - Anything that injures the major organs (heart, brain, lungs) may cause someone to be unresponsive.  Some examples include car accidents, drowning, lightening strikes, falls.

HOW TO STAY HEART HEALTHY

 

  • Eat healthy

  • Lots of fruits and vegetables

  • Not too many sweets

  • Exercise

  • Don’t spend a lot of time sitting around watching TV

  • Get plenty of sleep

WHAT DO YOU DO IF SOMEONE IS UNRESPONSIVE?

 

Make sure the scene is safe

 

Shake the person and see if they talk to you or move.  Check to see if they are breathing.  Check to see if they have a pulse

 

If they are unresponsive, call 911 and get an adult to help.  Get the AED if there is one close by

 

Start CPR right away or have an adult start CPR

 

Continue CPR until the ambulance arrives or the person begins to wake up

FUN HEART FACTS

  • Your heart is about the size of your fist

  • Your heart weight less than a pound

  • Your heart beats more than 100,000 times each day

  • Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day

  • The American pygmy shrew has the fastest heartbeat at 1,200 beats per minute

  • Whales have the largest heart

  • Giraffes have lopsided heart.  The left side is bigger to be able to pump blood up the long neck to the brain

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