World Restart a Heart Day highlights CPR safety

(NewsUSA) – If you witness someone going into cardiac arrest, don’t be afraid to act, especially because that person may be someone you know in a familiar setting.   According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, but often family and friends who witness someone going into cardiac arrest hesitate to perform potentially lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for fear of making the situation worse.   However, CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival if performed immediately, according to the American Heart Association. In fact, the Hands-Only CPR technique recommended by the American Heart Association can save lives and does not require the mouth-to-mouth breathing that many people associate with CPR.The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation or ILCOR’s World Restart a Heart Day, October 16, is a global initiative to raise awareness of the effectiveness of bystander CPR and educate

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