header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather


 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 22
1865 - Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300 [story]
grave marker


In celebration of National Heart Month, the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health, Health Services, and Fire are partnering with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department to train 100,000 individuals in Hands-Only CPR, a free, fast, and easy-to-learn form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The campaign, called “Heart Heroes,” draws attention to the role that each person can play in providing life-saving assistance in an emergency.

In Los Angeles County, 54,166 people die prematurely each year from heart disease, making heart disease the leading cause of death and premature death in the county.

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 90 percent of people die after suffering cardiac arrest (unexpected stop in heart function) outside of a hospital setting. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

“National Heart Month reminds us of the importance of regularly participating in heart-healthy activities because an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of heart disease,” said LA County First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, but we can change that becoming more active in our daily lives. During National Heart Month, we can take advantage of the Hands-Only CPR courses available to us. Since many people know of someone who has suffered from heart disease, or they themselves may be affected by heart disease, it is vital that we all are prepared in case of an emergency.”

“Anyone can become a Heart Hero and learn the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of the county Department of Public Health. “Since nearly seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes, it is very likely that someone called on to give CPR in an emergency would actually be trying to save the life of someone they know.”

“The Los Angeles County Fire Department encourages all residents to be part of our emergency response team by becoming a Heart Hero,” said Chief Daryl L. Osby. “As proud protectors of life, property, and the environment, our firefighters do everything we can to help people when they need us most. But sudden cardiac arrest can happy anytime, anywhere. Receiving immediate Hands-Only CPR can double and even triple a victim’s likelihood of survival. Knowing how to provide Hands-Only CPR can help you save a loved one’s life while firefighters are on their way.”

“Hands-only CPR saves lives, and DHS is incredibly proud to be a partner in this lifesaving effort to train individuals across our communities,” said Christina R. Ghaly, MD, director of the LA County Department of Health Services. “Please join us in spreading the word and encouraging others to be trained.”

“The Los Angeles Fire Department is proud to partner with all of the agencies involved in the Heart Heroes initiative, but the most important partnership, is with the public,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “Without our residents’ willingness to learn and use these simple skills during an emergency, we would not be able to accomplish our collective goal of saving lives.”

“Most people feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or are afraid of hurting the victim,” said John Harold, MD, Board President of the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division, and Cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “Our message is simple, do not be afraid. Your actions can only help. We hope Angelenos will take advantage of the free training that will only take a few minutes of your time and have such a powerful impact.”

“Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Recent research has shown that Hands-Only CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained, or unwilling to perform Full CPR. It requires basic training and practice, but no formal certification. Our online courses are the first place to learn Hands-Only CPR – so you can be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive.”

Hands-Only CPR is performed by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest, without using mouth-to-mouth breaths like traditional CPR. Hands-Only CPR focuses on the first few minutes following cardiac arrest. Frequent chest compressions move oxygen through the body to keep the brain and other vital organs alive, helping buy time until help arrives.

For more information on Hands-Only CPR and to find local training, visit the Public Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/heart.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Eva Catania says:

    I appreciate the article but wish you had posted it earlier as there are not many sessions available in our area at this late notice

Leave a Comment


LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Representatives from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Office of Violence Prevention today joined other members of the National Offices of Violence Prevention Network at an event hosted by the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation is set to receive a $75,000 grant investment from the national nonprofit, Petco Love, in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Los Angeles County.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue (USAR) team, known internationally as USA-2, successfully completed a 36-hour training exercise and evaluation by international experts last week at the Del Valle Regional Training Center in Castaic to continue deploying to disasters around the world.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Edward Yen as the new executive officer Tuesday to oversee the administration of the Board of Supervisors.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the following Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Representatives from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Office of Violence Prevention today joined other members of the National Offices of Violence Prevention Network at an event hosted by the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
Public Health Attends White House Event on Community Violence Intervention
Circle K will offer 40 cents off per gallon of fuel between 4 and 7 p.m. local time Thursday, May 23 during Circle K Fuel Day Pop-Up and 50% off on car washes all day at over 200 participating Circle K locations including Los Angeles.
May 23: Circle K Offers 40 Cents Off For Fuel Day Pop-up
Ditch the predictable and dive headfirst into the Liquid Courage Comedy Hour, Friday and Saturday, June 7 to 8 at 8 p.m. in Old Town Newhall.
June 7: The MAIN Hosts Two Female Lead Comedy Performances
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today joined Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) and Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, along with teachers, parents, and LGBTQ+ advocates, to announce Assembly Bill (AB) 1955, the Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth (SAFETY) Act, to ensure all students have a safe and supportive environment to learn regardless of gender identity. 
Legislators and LGBTQ+ Advocates Announce New SAFETY ACT
 Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) announced that his second school transparency bill, which mandates the California Department of Education to publish information on its website about the members selected for its Parent Advisory Council, was approved on the Senate Floor.
Wilk’s Parent Advisory Council Transparency Bill Passes Senate Floor
The Department of Motor Vehicles is making it so easy for Californians to take care of business as part of its customer-focused digital transformation that the DMV will no longer process simple transactions in offices that can easily be completed online or through other convenient options.
DMV Innovations Making it Easier than Ever to Skip Office Trip
California Nurses Association applauds the California Senate’s passage (31-8) of S.B. 1061, which would prohibit consumer reporting agencies from including medical debt on credit reports.
CNA Applauds State Senate’s Passage of S.B. 1061 Removing Medical Debt From Credit Reports
As Memorial Day weekend approaches and Californians gear up for summer festivities, the California Highway Patrol will implement a statewide traffic enforcement effort to help everyone reach their destination safely.
CHP Urges Everyone to ‘Buckle Up’ as Holiday Weekend Approaches
The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation is set to receive a $75,000 grant investment from the national nonprofit, Petco Love, in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Los Angeles County.
National Nonprofit Petco Love Invests in the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation to Save, Improve the Lives of Pets in L.A.
When Nicole Brooks leafed through the College of the Canyons Fall 2022 class schedule, a British Literature course caught her eye. 
From COC to the University of Cambridge
1865 - Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300 [story]
grave marker
The Santa Clarita Valley Media Collaborative's inaugural NextGen MediaMakers Festival was held Saturday, May 18 at the Canyon Country Community Center.
Inaugural NextGen MediaMakers Festival Celebrates Young Creatives
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue (USAR) team, known internationally as USA-2, successfully completed a 36-hour training exercise and evaluation by international experts last week at the Del Valle Regional Training Center in Castaic to continue deploying to disasters around the world.
LACoFD Hosts International Disaster Search, Rescue Training
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Edward Yen as the new executive officer Tuesday to oversee the administration of the Board of Supervisors.
Supes Appoint Edward Yen Executive Officer
The Old Town Newhall Farmers Market will be celebrating its nine-year anniversary Saturday, May 25.
Newhall Farmers Market Celebrating Nine-Year Anniversary
The College of the Canyons Athletic Department honored Cougar student-athletes who will be graduating and/or transferring this semester while also naming six Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award Winners during the department's annual end of the year celebratory dinner.
Six Cougars Earn Academic Excellence Award, Graduating Class Honored
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center marked 40 years of service at a ceremony Tuesday, May 21.
Henry Mayo Trauma Center Celebrates 40 Years
California Institute of the Arts announced the appointment of Ranu Mukherjee as dean of its School of Film/Video.
Ranu Mukherjee Appointed CalArts Dean of Film/Video
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — The California Legislature on Monday overwhelmingly approved two bills that would change how social media companies do business.
State Lawmakers Advance Social Media Bills
Nearly 200 students, faculty and community leaders attended a May 6 naming ceremony to honor Harriet and Harvey Bookstein for their generous support for the real estate program and center at California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
CSUN Unveils Bookstein Real Estate Center
In a reversal from the traffic pattern on recent nights, the California Department of Transportation plans to close all lanes on Southbound U.S. Highway 101 Ventura Freeway starting at 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, for construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Agoura Hills, a project being constructed by Santa Clarita-based C.A. Rasmussen.
Caltrans Announces Southbound Highway 101 Closure
One evening in 2017, Grant Horner, Ph.D., the director of the classical liberal arts program at The Master’s University, had just finished conducting a plenary talk in Manhattan when he came face-to-face with a continent-sized proposal.
TMU Professor Helps Bring Classical Christian Education to Africa
The city of Santa Clarita announced temporary lane closures east bound on Lyons Avenue, between Wiley Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue.
Lyons Avenue Temporary Lanes Closures Announced
The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) announced the appointment of Katy Dammers as Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Performing Arts after an extensive international search.
Katy Dammers Named REDCAT Deputy Director, Chief Curator
SCVNews.com