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Monday, June 6, 2011

Got a minute? Then you can learn how to save someone’s life!

CPR saves lives, it's that simple. If someone you loved suddenly collapsed and needed CPR, would you know what to do?

Simply put: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur.

In honor of National CPR Week, please encourage your legislators to learn and support Hands-Only CPR in your community

After you send the message to your legislators, please take a minute to visit and learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Once you have learned CPR, share this video with your friends and family so they are able to save your life!

Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps: 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast on the center of the chest until professional help arrives. The American Heart Association has endorsed Hands-Only CPR as a treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008, and studies have shown it is as effective as CPR with breaths. In addition, people who watch a brief Hands-Only CPR training video are significantly more likely to attempt CPR, according to a recent study published in the association’s scientific journal Circulation.

Hands-Only CPR is recommended for adults who suffer a cardiac arrest at home, at work or in another public location. Children under eight years old still need full CPR with chest compressions and breaths since the cause of their cardiac arrest is typically respiratory-related.

Send a message to your legislators encouraging them to learn and support Hands-Only CPR in your community!

Thank you for helping to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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