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F I T 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 7 Bringing Back the Beat A new program called Start the Heart is teaching hands-only CPR to high school freshmen. S tudents in a January health class at duPont Manual High School kneel on the foor over infatable dummies in hypothetical cardiac arrest. The students do chest compressions to the beat of "Stayin' Alive," and the dummies' chests click to indicate that the students are pressing hard enough to keep blood pumping. Instructors Chip Locke and Sammi Bell walk around and observe. This is the 30th CPR class they've taught in two weeks through Start the Heart, an organization that does CPR trainings aimed at changing this statistic: Only about 10 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest in Louisville survive. Compare that with Seattle, which has a survival rate of 50 percent. Start the Heart founder and cardiologist William Dillon gives one reason for the discrepancy: "If you (go into cardiac arrest) in Seattle, 75 percent of the time somebody's going to do CPR on you. Here, it's only 25 percent." So last summer, Dillon came up with a plan: teach 50,000 people in Louisville how to do hands-only CPR. (The American Heart Association doesn't recommend teaching the mouth-to- mouth part anymore.) Some medical info you should know: During cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping blood. CPR's chest compressions keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body until a defbrillator can shock the heart back into action. Dillon says the old mouth-to-mouth component of CPR isn't necessary for cardiac- arrest patients because oxygen can circulate in the body for eight or nine minutes, even if a person isn't breathing. That's about the amount of time that it takes Louisville EMS to arrive. Start the Heart instructors — college students interested in a medical profession — are currently teaching CPR to high school freshmen in Jefferson County. They've been to 25 schools (and taught a total of 5,200 students) so far. "The beauty of teaching freshman," Dillon says, "is we get them when they're young, so they're 14, 15, and they've got their whole life ahead of them where they could potentially be a life-saver if they needed to be." Instructor Sammi Bell By Amy Talbott

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