Agree­ment aims to boost heart at­tack care

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS -

car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) train­ing and car­dio­vas­cu­lar sci­ence in China.

Heart dis­ease, which can lead to heart at­tack and a stroke, is be­com­ing a ma­jor health con­cern in China and the rest of the de­vel­op­ing world, ac­cord­ing to Dr Sid­ney Smith, pro­fes­sor of medicine at the Univer­sity of North Carolina and a for­mer pres­i­dent of the AHA.

“Heart at­tacks ac­counted for 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people in China in 2001,” he told China Daily in an in­ter­view from Bei­jing. “That in­creased to 15.8 deaths per 100,000 in 2011.”

More than 2 mil­lion Chi­nese suf­fer a stroke ev­ery year, noted Smith. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) said about 230 mil­lion in China suf­fer from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. The WHO also said car­dio­vas­cu­lar events like a heart at­tack are pre­dicted to in­crease by 50 per­cent be­tween 2010 and 2030 based on pop­u­la­tion ag­ing and growth in China.

Smith said this agree­ment will en­able China to learn about the best prac­tices in the US that played an im­por­tant role in re­duc­ing deaths from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease by 39 per­cent dur­ing a 10-year pe­riod start­ing in 2001.

Smith said China will learn that when car­diac ar­rest oc­curs, sec­onds count and im­me­di­ate use of CPR can dou­ble or triple a vic­tim’s chance of sur­vival.

“We be­lieve this agree­ment will en­able over 100 mil­lion Chi­nese to learn how to per­form CPR,” said Smith. “This agree­ment is filled with many op­por­tu­ni­ties for China to learn about best prac­tices when it comes to not only treat­ing heart dis­ease but also in pre­vent­ing it,” he added.

The AHA and China’s car­di­ol­ogy so­ci­ety will im­ple­ment a sys­tem of qual­ity-care im­prove­ments for heart at­tack vic­tims.

Hos­pi­tal net­works and emer­gency-med­i­cal sys­tems in Tian­jin, Suzhou, Bei­jing and Shang­hai will be part of the ini­tial col­lab­o­ra­tive that will col­lect, share and re­port back on data re­gard­ing in­ter­ven­tion de­signs, new and re­vised pro­to­cols, and im­ple­men­ta­tion strate­gies.

Chi­nese with car­dio­vas­cu­lar ill­ness Dr Sid­ney Smith, pro­fes­sor of medicine at the Univer­sity of North Carolina

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