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Go Red For Women hopes to teach 500 Louisvillians hands-only CPR

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Nearly 40 Circle of Red women have made it their mission to teach at least 500 people in our community hands-only CPR in February to celebrate American Heart Month. The Circle of Red is comprised of leadership level donors of the Go Red For Women movement - a group that educates women on ways to reduce her risk of heart disease, the No. 1 health threat. Local Go Red for Women director Jane Merman and Norton Healthcare's Kim Tharpe-Berrie demonstrate how to do a modified "hands-free" CPR.

Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year, and almost 90 percent die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. When begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival.

In 2011, the American Heart Association began a national effort to encourage hands-only CPR because as many as 70 percent of bystanders feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency. Hands-only CPR is intended to provide the proper training to the public in an easy-to-understand way.

The Circle of Red plans to provide informal demonstrations of hands-only CPR at various events and activities during heart month.

Hands-only CPR can be completed in two easy steps:

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse--

(1) call 9-1-1; and

(2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.

Effective CPR is given at more than 100 beats per minute, which is the same rhythm of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." For more information on hands-only CPR, visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr .

Heart Healthy Happy Hour educates African American women to prevent heart disease, stroke

In celebration of Heart Month and Black History Month, the American Heart Association, Norton Healthcare and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will host the 2nd annual Heart Healthy Happy Hour on Thursday, February 7.

The Heart Healthy Happy Hour is a chance for women to focus on themselves and their heart. The event will include an interactive walk-through heart exhibit called the MEGA Heart, delicious refreshments by Chef Derrick Jackson, dark chocolates from Cellar Door, wine samples and live music by Tanita Gaines. The American Heart Association will also be on hand to teach participants hands-only CPR.

Heart Healthy Happy Hour

When: Thursday, February 7, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Be the Difference

Heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threats women face, and African American women are especially at risk due to having higher than average blood pressure.

While heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, in most cases it is preventable if women make the right choices to reduce their risk. By eating right, exercising regularly and not smoking, women can dramatically reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

For more information about the Heart Healthy Happy Hour, contact Rhonda Caldwell at 502-583-4100 or at Rhonda@kcaah.org  The Heart Healthy Happy Hour is made possible through the support of Norton Heart Care, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Viamarc, Humana, Cellar Door Chocolates, 100 Black Men, Kentucky Beef Council and the American Heart Association.

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit www.heart.org .

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