Health Watch - Heart Month: Helping Others

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about American Heart Month and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. We’ve mostly been talking about what you can do for yourself and what doctors can do for you. But what can you do for others?

Seconds count in a heart attack, and so the sooner a victim gets help, the better the odds of survival are. Even the fastest emergency response usually can’t get medical personnel to the scene within the critical first four minutes. Bystanders can save a life if they start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) right away, but only about a quarter of Americans are trained to do CPR. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can make a big difference in the health of your community by organizing CPR training classes for your office, neighborhood or other community groups. To get information about CPR training classes, contact the American Heart Association. 


February 2011

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