Harvard Heart Letter

Nine tips for a healthier 2009

If you are in the habit of making resolutions for the new year, or you just want to investigate new strategies to protect your heart and make sure it gets the best care possible, here are nine possibilities. Some are old, some are new, each will help your heart beat true.

1. Learn CPR. When a person's heart suddenly stops beating, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is all that stands between him or her and the great beyond. The new hands-only technique is simple and effective. Although cardiac arrests sometimes come out of the blue, they're more common in people with heart disease. Ask your family members and friends to take a CPR class with you. You can find one in your area by calling the American Heart Association (toll-free) at 877-242-4277. You can also buy a kit from the association and learn CPR at home.

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