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Doctors: Don't Stop Thinking About The Heart

Doctors want Floridians to keep their hearts healthy, and also know how to help others in case of cardiac arrest. (imelenchon/morguefile)
Doctors want Floridians to keep their hearts healthy, and also know how to help others in case of cardiac arrest. (imelenchon/morguefile)
February 15, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Valentine's Day may be over, but doctors are urging Floridians to keep focusing on matters of the heart by learning a simple, life-saving technique.

February is National Heart Month, and cardiologist Dr. Lorrel Brown says if everyone knew how to do Hands Only CPR, a lot of lives would be saved. She says the technique has been proven to be as effective as traditional CPR, but doesn't require rescue breaths or counting chest compressions.

Brown says there are two steps: first, call 9-1-1, then do chest compressions to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees' song, "Stayin' Alive."

"Nothing that I can do has the same impact as someone starting Hands Only CPR as soon as they see them collapse," says Brown. "It's the single most important factor that determines whether or not someone lives."

Brown says 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest every year, that's 38 people every hour, and less than one in 10 survives.

CPR is essential to keeping blood circulating to the brain until paramedics arrive. Brown says Hands Only CPR is simple, easy to remember and removes a big barrier that can keep people from performing CPR on a stranger.

"Some people felt uncomfortable or nervous about performing mouth-to-mouth," she says. "They were nervous about this person they didn't know. And now that we don't have to do mouth-to-mouth as an untrained rescuer, the very simple thing to do is call 9-1-1, and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest."

Cardiovascular disease kills 800,000 people in the U.S. every year. Sixty-seven million Americans have high blood pressure, and even more have high levels of LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol.

Analysts estimate one in every six health-care dollars in the U.S. is spent on cardiovascular disease.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - FL