Frequently Asked

NissenERT's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  • What is CPR?

  • CPR stands for CardioPulmonary Resuscitation.

    Cardio is the Latin prefix for "heart." Pulmonary is the Latin term for "pertaining to the lungs." It is a cycle of breathing and chest compressions that is meant to either resuscitate a victim or help keep a victim alive until advanced help arrives. The breaths in a CPR cycle give oxygen to the lungs, and the compressions help circulate the oxygen-rich blood to the brain.

  • Where do most cardiac emergencies happen?

  • According to the American Heart Association, most cardiac arrests happen in the home.

  • How many Americans are estimated to suffer from a heart attack each year?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates around 735,000 Americans each year have a heart attack.

  • What is an AED?

  • AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator.

    "Fibrillation" is a term that is used to describe an abnormal heart rhythm. The AED is a machine that analyzes the victim for a heart rhythm and administers a shock when the heart is beating out of rhythm or too quickly. This shock actually STOPS the heart for a brief moment and allows the heart to return to a natural rhythm.

  • How many people each year die from a cardiac emergency?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 610,000 Americans die each year due to heart disease. Nearly 1 in 4 deaths each year are related to heart disease.

  • Which is more deadly, heart disease or cancer?

  • Heart disease. John Hopkins University states that heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women.