The Hellenic Cardiology Society has launched a campaign to increase the number of people who know how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
“We believe that with the widespread and immediate implementation of CPR, including the use of portable defibrillators, the survival rate could at least double,” the society’s president, George Kochiadakis, told Kathimerini ahead of World Heart Day on Friday, stressing the importance of a swift response in preventing sudden cardiac death.
In order to increase this rate, the society has organized CPR tutorials at schools, malls, metro stations and other places where large numbers of people can be taught how to help.
World Heart Federation:
"Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer. Combined, conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels – such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure – kill more than 20.5 million every year. The majority of these deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries.
We want to bring this number down – way down. And there’s hope: 80% of premature deaths from CVD are preventable. By making small changes to our lifestyle – what we eat and drink, how much we exercise, and how we manage stress – we can better manage our heart health and beat CVD.
Spanning six continents, our hundreds of World Heart Federation (WHF) member organizations, the countless schools, universities, sports clubs and the vibrant cardiology community make World Heart Day (WHD) a truly global celebration.
Every year these groups and individuals bring their local flair, favor and colors to festivities, marking the day by sharing heart healthy regional specialties, leading a dance to get the whole community moving, and sharing life-saving lessons far and wide."
Celebrate World Heart Day 2023
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