Robbinsville, NJ — Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should!  Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives.  With nearly 420,000 people suffering from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year with only a 10 percent chance of survival, it’s vital that everyone know CPR.

The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 American Heartsaver Awards.  These awards recognize individuals who make a rescue effort to save the life of someone experiencing a cardiac emergency (e.g. sudden cardiac arrest) or people, organizations and businesses that take extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival.  The awards will be presented in conjunction with National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2015.

For more information on the American Heartsaver Awards, eligibility or nomination materials, call the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association in New Jersey at 609.223.3757 or visit www.heart.org/newjersey.  Nominations are due no later than Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Effective, immediate CPR can double or triple the rate of survival for a cardiac arrest victim, yet only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive immediate bystander CPR.  The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are on a crusade in New Jersey and nationally to improve the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest by “strengthening the chain of survival” – a five-step process that can mean the difference between life and death for someone experiencing cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, and other medical emergencies such as choking and drowning.  The critical bystander links for the chain of survival include calling 9-1-1, early CPR, and early defibrillation.

This effort of strengthening the chain of survival and administering early CPR and defibrillation will help the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reach its goal of improving the heart health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.