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Workshop on emergency heart care held


GUWAHATI, June 1 - In association with GNRC Hospitals, the Guwahati chapter of Heart Care Society of Assam, organised a workshop to train the general public on emergency heart care and disaster management at Sparsh High, a Montessori school of the city, recently.

Heart surgeon Bikash Rai Das and the director of Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Services, Dr Atanu Barthakur of GNRC Hospitals were the key resource persons. Emergency physician Dr Subrata Dev Bhagawati demonstrated what to do in case of a sudden heart attack.

�Only 6.4 per cent of heart attack victims survive because people present do not know how to resuscitate the victim. Over 2,00,000 people die of sudden heart attack every year and 50,000 of these deaths could be prevented. Once the heart stops beating, brain death occurs in four to six minutes. Performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery. If CPR is given within the first four minutes of a heart attack, the chances of survival double,� Dr Rai Das said.

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