Nashville, TN – The American Heart Association has just released its lifesaving 2012 Hands-Only CPR training video in a new Spanish-language version, and is encouraging healthcare providers and area leaders to make it widely available to their Hispanic communities.
Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year, and almost 90 percent of them die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.When begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Research shows that just a few minutes of video instruction greatly increases the chances that a bystander will attempt CPR when an emergency happens.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of Hispanics and the American population as a whole. For many in the Hispanic population, some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease are worse than for other Americans.
For example, compared with non-Hispanic whites, Mexican-Americans are more likely to be overweight and obese, to have diabetes and high cholesterol, and to engage in low amounts of physical activity. Each year, cardiovascular disease and stroke claim the lives of 27.0 percent of the more than 133,000 Hispanic-Americans who die each year – representing about 36,000 people.
The Hispanic population is on the rise in Tennessee, at nearly 5%. In Davidson County, the figure is at 9.9%.
English “How To” CPR Training Video
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 the local Nashville office at 615.340.4146.