AUSTIN, Texas – (Feb. 19, 2015) – Intimidated about the prospect of having to give someone CPR? Can’t remember how many breaths and how many chest pumps to give?
Worry no more. There’s now a hands-only, two-step process – and one of the steps is dialing 9-1-1.
February (Heart Month) is a perfect time to bone up on cardio pulmonary resuscitation. The hands-only technique is endorsed by the American Heart Association. A brief video and a lot more information can be found on the association’s “Two Steps to Staying Alive” web page.
Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.
When calling 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
After concluding the call, it’s time to start. CPR. The web page advises, “Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has the right beat for hands-only CPR.
I Pledge to Reduce the Sodium I Eat
And while you’re at it, consider taking the association’s pledge to reduce salt intake. The goal is to get 50,000 people to take the pledge in February.
Eating less salt can improve heart health, lower high blood pressure risk, reduce bloating, reduce preferences for salty tastes and more.
The pledge is as follows:
It may take some time to achieve, but I deserve the healthiest of foods. With this pledge I’m saying NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems – not to mention the bloating and puffiness – linked to too much sodium. I’m taking control of what my family and I eat and starting us on a path to healthier lives!