Project Heart Start Day – Free CPR Training & Health Fair
Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 400,000 people in the U.S. every year. Surprisingly, 9,000 of those are under the age of 18. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if those close by had been trained to perform a few simple lifesaving steps.
New Mexico cardiologist Dr. Barry Ramo says that the keys to survival are:
- Call to 911
- Rapid use of hands-only CPR
- When possible, use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
In New Mexico, the NM Heart Institute Foundation’s Project Heart Start has taken the lead in teaching individuals, as young as 10 and as old as 90, to recognize heart attack signs, to perform easy hands-only CPR, to use an AED and to save a choking victim.
With hands-only CPR, there is no more fumbling around trying to find a pulse, no mouth‐to‐mouth breathing and no complicated sequences to remember. It is easy to learn and more importantly, easy to remember.
Individuals trained in Albuquerque will be encouraged to download a free, special CPR app for smartphones called PulsePoint.
Using sophisticated location-based services, PulsePoint notifies subscribers the location of a nearby sudden cardiac arrest occurrence, as well as the location of the nearest AED.
The PulsePoint alert is triggered by Albuquerque’s 9-1-1 center at the same time that Albuquerque Firefighter EMTs and paramedics are dispatched.
Major sponsors for Project Heart Smart Day include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque, KOAT-TV Channel 7, New Mexico Heart Institute and Foundation and University of New Mexico.
More About Project Heart Start
For more information about Project Heart Start, or to find out about other events in New Mexico that are coming up, visit the Project Heart Start website.