Keith Hambly isn't sure how long his heart was stopped, but he knows that without CPR he might not be alive.
Two years ago, he had a heart attack while on duty with the Cache County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team. Keith was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital where he received a percutaneous coronary intervention with two stents from Logan cardiologist Gerald Polukoff, MD.
Keith never expected to have a heart attack and had no pain — in fact he'd completed a swift water rescue certification test swimming in the Green River a few days before. He is a certified CPR instructor himself and says his job keeps him very fit.
Keith Credits CPR for Saving His Life
On the day of his heart attack, Keith was in the Wellsville Mountains searching for an injured hiker with the search and rescue team. After hiking to the top of a trail, he caught a ride back to the command area with the team member on an ATV.
The next thing he knew he woke up in an ambulance.
"An off-duty paramedic quickly realized I wasn't breathing and began CPR on me. By the time the ambulance came I was breathing again," says Keith, who emphasizes the importance of being trained in CPR. "I'm told most people in my situation wouldn't have survived without that quick intervention."
How to Perform CPR
- Kneel directly over the person.
- Place the heel of one hand in the center of the chest, then place the other hand on top of it.
- Push hard and fast. Give 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which is this is same tempo as the song Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. Continue compressions until help arrives.
Watch a video on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association.
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