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Cardiac arrest suspected reason for Lisa Marie Presley’s untimely death & why CPR is important

Liza Marie Presley suspected to die from cardiac arrest
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Lisa Marie Presley is one of the most recent celebrities to suffer from cardiac arrest following Damar Hamlin's incident. Presley, sadly, did not survive.

According to the Associated Press, the 54-year-old singer-songwriter reportedly collapsed at her Calabasas, California, home and was not breathing when paramedics arrived.

The medical responders administered CPR. Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, reportedly regained a pulse and showed "signs of life," according to the team.

Unfortunately, Lisa Marie Presley died unexpectedly following what may have been a cardiac arrest. It is unknown what caused her cardiac arrest.

What is cardiac arrest?

The sudden loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness is referred to as cardiac arrest. The electrical system of the heart stops working during cardiac arrest. The most prevalent cause is electrical heart malfunction caused by a rapid and irregular beating from the heart's bottom chambers (the ventricles). When this happens, the heart is unable to adequately pump blood to essential organs such as the brain, lungs, and kidneys. If heart function is not immediately restored, cardiac arrest can be fatal.

CPR is essential for patients to survive

CPR is a life-saving procedure used on people whose hearts stop beating unexpectedly. Because the heart cannot maintain blood circulating to the body, compressions through CPR administration can help. Organ dysfunction can be irreversible in these instances, especially if CPR is not administered promptly.

HealthForce Training Center offers different AHA certification courses on CPR. You can check an earlier article on which CPR training is for you to help you decide what training fits your needs.

How to give CPR

CPR should be administered at a rate of 100-120 chest compressions per minute, with two hands placed in the middle of the chest to perform chest compressions. Compressions should be two inches deep.

When administered quickly — ideally, within a few minutes — CPR can significantly improve a person's chances of life following a cardiac arrest.

An AED device, in addition to CPR, can deliver shocks to the heart, which can help restore a normal cardiac rhythm within minutes.

The American Heart Association recommends the Heartsaver® CPR training course for those with little or no medical background.



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