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Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.
Our mission is to “raise awareness and support programs that give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.” We work to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, including post-resuscitation care.
ASH is the largest organization of hypertension researchers and health care providers in the United States committed to preventing and treating hypertension and its consequences.
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is a leading resource on cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. This specialty organization represents medical, allied health, and science professionals from more than 70 countries who specialize in cardiac rhythm disorders.
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1211

CPR IN AMERICA sets out to do something no television show has ever done—teach as many people as possible the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR. 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Receiving immediate CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival. But 70% of Americans feel helpless because they don't know CPR or they're afraid of hurting the victim. CPR IN AMERICA aims to change that. You can help make a tangible difference in the cardiac arrest survival rate in your community! 

Each year, more than 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, and 90% of those people die.  Survival rates can double or triple if the victim receives CPR right away.  Yet, 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. But, a 2012 study showed that people who view a Hands-Only CPR demonstration are significantly more likely to deliver lifesaving chest compressions.

CPR in America is hosted by Second Opinion’s Dr. Peter Salgo and taped before a live studio audience of survivors and rescuers. The hour-long special provides easy to understand Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and shares interviews with the doctors involved in writing the new guidelines. It also features documentary-style survivor stories of three families whose lives were drastically changed by a cardiac event. Viewers will meet survivor Carolyn Robinson of Rochester, NY, whose daughter saved her life when she had a heart attack;  Annette Adamczak of Buffalo, NY, who has trained more than 18,000 people CPR;  and The Knowles of Greece, NY, who performed lifesaving CPR on their 7-year-old son and are working to bring CPR training into schools for all students to learn.

Also on the program is Elisabeth Rohm from Law & Order and Star Jones, one of the original co-hosts of The View, who will share their personal stories of heart disease.

A television broadcast like CPR in America is a ground-breaking initiative, and Second Opinion, the only regularly scheduled health program on public television, is well positioned for the task.  With the help of the American Heart Association, CPR in America will teach as many people as possible the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR.

Tune in to learn Hands-Only CPR. It may help save a life.