Commotio cordis is extremely rare but quick action is essential: Call 911, begin CPR and use AED

Commotio cordis is an extremely rare and highly unusual cardiac event, yet it is vitally important for everyone to be aware of and recognize how to take action quickly in any type of cardiac emergency. According to the American Heart Association, quick recognition of the cardiac emergency and immediately beginning the 3 most important steps in the chain of survival are critical: 1) call 911, 2) begin CPR and 3) defibrillate with an automated external defibrillator or AED. These are the only ways to save someone’s life after commotio cordis or cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association is the leader in resuscitation science, education and training and publisher of the official “Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.”

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