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Health experts call for Arizonans to learn hands-only CPR

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Thursday, February 1, 2024   

Today is the first day of American Heart Month - and one Arizona cardiology nurse practitioner wants to shed light on the importance of good heart health, and in knowing life-saving hands-only CPR.

Mia Chorney is a volunteer with the American Heart Association in Phoenix, and has experienced her own cardiac event - but today she wants to help raise awareness.

She said each year across the country more than 350,000 people die from cardiac arrest, which includes about 23,000 children.

"About 90% of people who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest pass away," said Chorney. "So CPR, especially if it is performed immediately, can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival."

The American Heart Association has a goal of doubling the cardiac arrest survival rate by 2030 - which is why they're pushing for every family and home to have someone who knows CPR and how to properly use an automated external defibrillator.

Chorney encouraged folks to take an online CPR course, watch a 60-second hands-only CPR instructional video, or find a CPR class near you by visiting heart.org/nation.

Chorney said only 38% of cardiovascular clinical research trial participants were women as of 2020.

She added that knowing your health history and making the appropriate lifestyle changes can help to diminish the frequency of cardiovascular disease in women - which, according to the American Heart Association, claims the life of one woman every 80 seconds.

Chorney said people of color also face racial disparities which must be addressed.

"When we are looking at racial disparities," said Chorney. "We know that certain populations have higher incidence of high blood pressure, internal mortality, especially our African American populations having higher statistics in that."

There are a number of things you can do to improve health outcomes - like managing your blood pressure, getting active, and controlling your cholesterol by eating better.

Chorney said Wear Red Day is tomorrow, and as the name implies, it's a day for people to wear something red in an effort to raise awareness about heart disease.



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