Harvard Heart Letter

Are you prepared for a cardiac emergency?

Most heart attacks happen at home. Be ready if one strikes at yours.

If home is where the heart is, it's also where the heart attacks and cardiac arrests are "" up to three-quarters of them happen at home. Yet family members of those at high risk tend to be unprepared for these devastating emergencies. The sad fact is that people are more likely to get potentially lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an airport, mall, or other public place than at home.

You can help change this by resolving to learn what to do if someone has a heart attack. This entails learning CPR, learning how to use an automated external defibrillator, and making an emergency plan.

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