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Doctors urge Nova Scotians to learn CPR

Wed November 28, 2012

Dear editor:

Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians who have performed first aid did so to help a family member. Doctors would like you to know the importance of this life saving certification.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency life saving procedure. When a person stops breathing and the heart stops beating, that person is experiencing cardiac arrest. CPR can restore blood flow to someone suffering from cardiac arrest, keeping them alive until emergency medical personnel arrive. 

CPR is relatively easy to learn and to perform.  Because 80 per cent of heart attacks occur outside of hospitals CPR is essential for medical emergencies. If you are not CPR certified and someone you know collapses and becomes unresponsive, call 911 and begin chest compression-only CPR.

A common cause of cardiac arrest is heart disease. Doctors Nova Scotia urges Nova Scotians to maintain a healthy heart by controlling the risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, managing stress, decreasing your alcohol consumption, and increasing physical activity levels. 

Doctors see the positive impact of CPR training everyday and we encourage all Nova Scotians to get the training they need to help save a life. 


John Finley, MDCM, FRCPC