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5 facts about CPR

CPR Facts & Stats


  • In one year alone, 436,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest. ...

  • More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. ...

  • Bystander CPR improves survival. ...

  • Help is needed immediately.

According to the American Heart Association

In one year alone, 436,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest.


Globally, cardiac arrest claims more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined.


More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.


In 2020, any-mention sudden cardiac arrest mortality in the US was 436,852. CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. According to 2021 US data for adult OHCA only, survival to hospital discharge was 9.1% for all EMS-treated non-traumatic OHCA cardiac arrests.


Bystander CPR improves survival.


The location of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) most often occurs in homes/residences (73.4%), followed by public settings (16.3%), and nursing homes (10.3%).

If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from an out of hospital cardiac arrest.


Help is needed immediately.


Unfortunately, only about 40% of people who experience an OHCA get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. The 2023 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics state that among the over 356,000 OHCA that occurred, 40.2% received bystander CPR.


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