Each year, more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and only 11% survive. It is a leading cause of death in Vermont and across the nation and the only way to save a victim is through quick CPR and defibrillation. October is the perfect time to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest because it is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.
Did you know the American Heart Association’s new guidelines for hands-only CPR make it easier than ever before to teach and perform CPR? There are two simple steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Sounds simple, right? Imagine how many more lifesavers we would have if all students learned CPR before graduation. That's why 12 states have passed the CPR in School bill...but we're still waiting in Vermont.
Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest often strikes without warning, quick action is the key to saving the life of someone who suffers from this event. Please take a few moments during the month of October to educate yourself and your loved ones on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and how to react quickly and appropriately to save a life.
And congratulations to Dr. Marc Kutler of South Burlington who was just presented with the Heartsaver Hero Award at the Vermont Heart Walk for spearheading the AED and CPR program at The Edge fitness facility that resulted in four lives being saved, including survivor Mith Wertlieb's of Vermont Public Radio's morning show!