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Disco saves lives! National CPR/AED Awareness Week.

by on Monday, June 3, 2013

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home? For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 7-10 percent. That's why it's important that we all learn how easy---and critical---it is to take action. This week, June 1-7, is National CPR & AED Awareness Week. In honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only® CPR by watching a simple one-minute video with a throw back to disco.

In addition, placing more AEDs in public settings can save lives.  AEDs are the best way to restore the heart to its normal rhythm after sudden cardiac arrest---when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.  Less than 10% of Americans who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive. Communities with aggressive AED placement plans have achieved survival rates of nearly 40%. 

The Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program provides federal grant dollars that allow local community partners to purchase AEDs, train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place the AEDs where sudden cardiac arrest is most likely to occur. The bottom line is that AEDs save lives and we need you to urge your Members of Congress to support this program today!

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