Don’t Count on an American to Do CPR

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR?

If you answered no, you’re hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals.

The survey also found that many Americans can’t tell the difference between heart attack and stroke symptoms. This could lead to delays in patients receiving proper treatment.

“When someone is suffering from cardiac arrest, time is not on their side,” Dr. Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine, said in a clinic news release.

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