98% Indians Unaware Of Life-saving Technique During Heart Attack: Survey

60 per cent of the people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest succumb to it even before they reach hospital.

New Delhi: Around 98 per cent Indians are not trained in basic life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during sudden cardiac arrest, shows a survey conducted by Lybrate, an online doctor consultation platform.

In India, sudden cardiac arrest is a major cause of death due to cardiovascular diseases, and shockingly 60 per cent of the people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest succumb to it even before they reach hospital.

The survey conducted in 20 Indian cities among the age group of 25-50 showed that less than two per cent of the 100,000 surveyed agreed to knowing the technique, while only 0.1 per cent said they have performed it at least once on someone in case of an emergency.

Even though people in metropolitan and Tier-1 cities are more proactive about their health, the knowledge of CPR is dismal even among them, with 95 per cent of the people claiming to have no knowledge about administration of the procedure.

“Indians are predisposed to heart conditions and even though cardiac-related conditions are taking a huge toll on human lives in the country, it is very sad that people are not aware about CPR or are trained to perform it,” said Saurabh Arora, founder and CEO of Lybrate, in a statement.

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  2. Rightly said, most of our people are having helping attitude, but they stuck, when it comes to apply CPR procedure, govt and other voluntarily organizations should lead a responsible role in creating awareness of life saving

  3. What’s the point of this article if the method or CPR is not elaborated upon. The information that most Indians are unaware is quite useless without the solution to this problem. USELESS INFORMATION.Com.!!

    • Hi, if you are in Delhi..we have a place- AIIMS Trauma centre, Course is of one day known as BECC (Basic Emergency Care Course) at very nominal fee. Basically we taught you to do practice as well before we certify you. EVERYONE must learn this. Its life saving.

  4. “Even though people in metropolitan and Tier-1 cities are more proactive about their health” – I don’t think so.

    Purely senseless piece (I don’t want to call this an Article). Talking about Survey, but no findings or stats (graph or table).

    Thanks to NDTV / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this senseless piece.!!!!!

  5. The author has given the pointers – CPR. I don’t even know this word before. With so much info available on internet and Video, since I am interested in taking care of me, I would go there and look for info. Thank you author for pointing – CPR.

  6. Completely agree with Rajesh Singh.
    I agree that am not aware of CPR techniques. You also made me acknowledge that I don’t know. Then what?
    As an author your mistake is unforgivable, compared to my genuine ignorance.

  7. It is not writers duty to explain how CPR to be performed. He hinted the educated indians that you don’t know the CPR technique.

  8. Rajeshji pls note its media. They will never uplift or equip society and its members. They are so much engrossed in harvesting the problems to showcase that if they don’t find any then they will create one than solving existing ones. They will go any miles to loosen society’s confidence towards the vicinity people are living in.

  9. What is the purpose of writing this article if you do not explain what is CPR and how it is to be performed. You should try to eradicate this ignorance. Dear Author, please look into it and do not repeat this kind of mistake.

    • Hi, if you are in Delhi..we have a place- AIIMS Trauma centre, Course is of one day known as BECC (Basic Emergency Care Course) at very nominal fee. Basically we taught you to do practice as well before we certify you. EVERYONE must learn this. Its life saving.

    • congrats to Dr .Bansal and his team. He is doing good work.
      I am currently in UK , but had attended the chance to attend the ATLS at AIIMS. The only thing I can say is that in the current climate of abysmal standards of trauma care in India , the only ray of hope is AIIMS… The trauma care in this day and age is very evidence based and protocol driven. AIIMS should lead the way and ensure that every doctor who passes out has been certified in ALS and ATLS. Indian medical council should make it mandatory. There is no excuse in this day and age to be ignorant of ALS and ATLS and call oneself a doct0r.

    • It is not the duty of a news channel to educate people about CPR… In any civilized country the government puts in laws and facilitate systems so that children are taught the Basic Life Support … If it does not happen in India you should direct your ire at the successive governments and the politicians with altered priorities.

    • Dr. Rajesh Sir, We agree with you. But as you are a doctor and trained please type one more comment of exactly 4 lines about what has to be done. One anyway we know..Rush to the hospital. If there is any other standard protocol please type. Every reader will thank you.

  10. SAFETY WORLD had approached many organisations to support us to deliver free FIRST AID AWARENESS training to different levels of society throughout the country.

    Unfortunately we got no response from any one. Organisations seem to be interested only in Programs that provide media coverage.

    We at SAFETY WORLD are still open to this project. Any organisation that can suport this National endeavor please contact us.

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