(NORTH CAROLINA NEWS NETWORK) — In North Carolina, community groups are working to boost hands-only CPR training in Latinx communities, where residents are at higher risk for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Research shows people living in Latinx communities are 39 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them during an emergency, and 44 percent less likely to survive.
Anne Miller with the American Heart Association says the disparity is costing lives in Black and Brown communities.
Miller says many people are intimidated by the technique, but she explains the research shows chest compressions alone can circulate oxygen and be as effective as rescue-breath CPR for the first few minutes during cardiac arrest.
Nationwide, nearly 400,000 people experience cardiac arrest each year, and the majority of heart attacks happen at home.
Less than 10 percent of individuals survive the trip to the hospital.
The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 – 200,000 lives could be saved each year if CPR were performed early on during an emergency.