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Free Spanish-Language Online Video Teaches Hands-Only(TM) CPR
Date:9/14/2009

DALLAS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As you gather with family to celebrate your rich cultural heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the American Heart Association encourages you to learn to save the life of a loved one or someone in your community: Get instructions on administering Hands-Only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) via a free, Spanish-language online video.

The video, recently created by the American Heart Association, is available in English and Spanish and is located at http://handsonlycpr.eisenberginc.com/resources.html.

"Without immediate CPR, a person's chance of survival is low," said Ismael Nuno, M.D., a cardiac surgeon at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center and American Heart Association spokesperson. "In some areas, it may take awhile for EMS to arrive. Many times in an emergency, people aren't sure how to do CPR, don't remember the steps or haven't been trained.

"It is critical that Hispanics spread the word in their communities about watching the online video and learning CPR, because a person in cardiac arrest only has a few minutes to receive treatment before they die."

Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating effectively. A victim of a cardiac arrest may collapse, stop normal breathing and become unconscious. Many victims of cardiac arrest appear healthy and haven't been diagnosed with a heart condition. Cardiac arrest can be caused by a heart attack or other heart problems, electrocution, drowning, choking or drug overdose.

According to the American Heart Association, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) treats about 300,000 people each year in the United States for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. About 92 percent of peop
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