PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The American Heart Association of Hampton Roads recently posted about the topic of CPR.
It says studies were done that show strangers are less likely to perform CPR on women, and there are a handful of reasons this is believed to true.
According to one survey these were some of the reasons why:
- Fear of potentially inappropriate touching or exposure
- Fear of being accused of sexual assault
- Fear of causing physical injury
- Poor recognition of women in cardiac arrest — specifically a perception that women are less likely to have heart problems
- Claims they may be “faking” an incident
- The misconception that breasts make CPR more challenging
The consequences of these concerns could be deadly. The American Red Cross says CPR on men and women is important in an emergency.
“CPR can help save someone’s life and with cardiac arrest and related heart troubles if someone takes that initial step it could be the difference between someone living and someone expiring,” said Marissa Nyhill, the executive director of the American Red Cross Coastal Chapter.
The local American Heart Association says if people are also afraid of doing mouth to mouth with CPR, they can easily learn hands-only CPR.
The American Red Cross also encourages everyone to be ready.
Both organizations work hard to support teaching locals what to do.
“The American Red Cross, last year we trained 2.2 million people in CPR, and then here in the coastal Virginia chapter we trained almost 30,000 people with CPR,” Nyhill said.
The American Heart Association says the biggest takeaways they want people to remember are to not be afraid and that it’s easy to learn CPR.