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American Heart Association Launches New One-Minute Video Showing the Two Simple Steps of Hands-Only™ CPR

 

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American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only™ CPR? Then you’re ready to help save a life. If you don’t, then the American Heart Association and WellPoint Foundation want you to listen up.

Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps: 1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest at 100 beats per minute.

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As part of the third year of the national Hands-Only CPR campaign, the American Heart Association has debuted a new one-minute Hands-Only CPR demo video to train Americans in the life-saving technique.

Eighty percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, so the life you save with CPR will most likely be a loved one.

Hands-Only CPR has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it. A December 2012 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, found that Hands-Only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after experiencing a cardiac arrest.

An additional study in Circulation showed that people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR after viewing as little as one minute of video training.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

With the support of the WellPoint Foundation, the American Heart Association launched a 3-year national campaign in June 2012 to raise awareness of Hands-Only CPR as a lifesaving method and to increase the likelihood of people performing CPR in an emergency.

To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and get ready to save a life, visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr or www.facebook.com/AHACPR .

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. As part of our dedication to save lives, we are setting out to train all Americans in lifesaving Hands-Only CPR.

To learn more or to get involved, call 1.800.AHA.USA1 , visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About WellPoint Foundation

The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve.

The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions.

These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges.

To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org .


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