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Roe Aims to Increase Awareness of Heart Disease

Introduces Resolution that Encourages CPR & AED Training

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Washington, November 3, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement about his resolution that encourages individuals to seek training in the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated defibrillators (AEDs):

“Heart disease affects men, women and children of every age and race in our country, and it continues to be the leading cause of death in America. A way to improve our health care system is to support and promote ways to educate individuals about important health care issues such as heart disease.

“That is why I introduced a resolution that would bring awareness to those affected by heart disease. Specifically, this resolution encourages individuals to seek training on how to properly administer CPR and how to use AEDs.

“The more we can educate and train individuals about CPR and AEDs, the more opportunities we have in this country to save lives when someone is suffering from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.”

Quotes from Advocates of Roe’s Resolution

“With just a few hours of training, bystanders can dramatically improve the odds of survival of victims of cardiac arrest,” said American College of Cardiology CEO Jack Lewin, M.D. “The American College of Cardiology joins Congress in urging the public to seek training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators. You can save a life and improve the quality of life of a survivor by knowing to call 911 and knowing how to help until help arrives.”

“Rep. Roe learned from first-hand experience that CPR and the use of AEDs can save lives. With education, training, and access to these essential tools, other Americans can respond to emergencies,” said Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. “We commend Rep. Roe for his support and his efforts to bring this critical issue to the attention of Congress.”

“The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) applauds Representative Roe for introducing a Congressional resolution urging Americans to learn CPR and how to use an AED. CPR and AEDs are the difference between survival and death from SCA, yet sadly, few people are prepared to act to save a life. We call upon the Congress to not only adopt this resolution but also use the opportunity to raise awareness about SCA and how crucial it is for bystanders to respond, affording people in large and small, urban and rural areas the same chance at surviving SCA," said Lisa Levine, president and CEO of the SCAA.  "We commend Representative Roe for recently intervening as a bystander during a cardiac emergency, serving as a powerful example of what can be accomplished when individuals are trained with lifesaving skills and step forth to use them.”

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