2004-01-29 / Medical

Heroes To Be Honored On "Heartsaver Day"

Heroes To Be Honored On "Heartsaver Day"

Heroes To Be Honored On "Heartsaver Day"

The American Heart Association’s third annual "American Heartsaver Day", will be held on Tues-day, February 3, 2004 at Madison Square Garden during American Heart Month. The American Heart Association annually designates the first Tuesday during American Heart Month, February, as national American Heartsaver Day. American Heartsaver Day recognizes and honors local "hometown heroes of the chain of survival" people who have saved or helped in an attempt to save a life by immediately calling 911, performing CPR or by using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The American Heart Association will also challenge communities across the country to work to improve the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest by learning CPR and supporting community AED programs.

Through a variety of activities, including public ceremonies, special receptions, awards events or hu-man interest stories, local New York City hometown heroes will be recognized on American Heartsaver Day, February 3, for their willingness to take action in a lifeordeath situation. Individuals, organizations or companies that have taken "extraordinary steps" to strengthen the American Heart Association’s "chain of survival" in their community or place of work will also be recognized on American Heart-saver Day.

"American Heartsaver Day is an important day each February as the American Heart Association recognizes people from all walks of life in New York City, who used simple but vital skills to save or attempt to save a life," said Jonathan Steinberg, M.D., spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Chief, Division of Cardiology, St. Luke’s Roose-velt Medical Center. "American Heartsaver Day acti-vities recognize community heroes that took important initiative to impact someone’s life, but we urge all communities and all people to become tomorrow’s heroes by knowing to call 911 immediately in a cardiac emergency, by being trained and willing to perform CPR, and by supporting community AED programs," added Dr. Steinberg.

The American Heart Association’s chain of survival is defined as: Link #1 Early Access (know the warning signs and call 911 immediately); Link #2 Early CPR; Link #3 Early Defibrillation with an AED; and Link #4 Early Advanced Care (medical help on the scene because 911 was called). Accord-ing to the American Heart Association, more than 70 percent of cardiac emergencies occur in the home, therefore a strong chain of survival can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one, family member, friend or neighbor.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, it be-comes a desperate race against the clock to save his or her life. Every second counts! Nearly 95 percent of Americans who experience sudden cardiac arrest die because too few laypeople are trained in CPR and because AEDs arrive on the scene of the emergency too late, if at all. The American Heart Asso-ciation urges all people in New York City to learn CPR and support community AED programs.

For more information about American Heartsaver Day call the American Heart Association at 1-877-AHA-4CPR or visit online at www.americanheart. org.

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