HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Wednesday, the Office of Houston Mayor Annise Parker shared a study from Rice University and the city of Houston which compiled data of certain Houston neighborhoods prone to cardiac arrest.

According to the information provided my Mayor Parker’s office, the Rice University/City of Houston study which is being published in the August edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, ‘”…finds greater risk of cardiac arrest and lower cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a corridor of Houston that runs right down the middle of the city.”

“A new collaboration between the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and the local chapter of the American Heart Association is aimed at addressing the problem through increased availability of CPR training,” stated officials from the city of Houston. “So far, more than 4,200 people in the targeted neighborhoods have been trained in hands-only CPR.”

Mayor Annise Parker further stated that with the findings, Houston has impressive response times from efficient emergency workers: “Due to the work of our emergency responders, the local cardiac arrest survival rates are among the best in the nation,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “However, your chances of survival are even better when a bystander steps in to help with CPR in the minutes before emergency help arrives. In the longer term, the overall goal must be reduction in the incidence of cardiac arrest. We have to continue work to improve area air quality and achieve healthier lifestyles.”

Those neighborhoods that were deemed as “at risk” for cardiac arrest included: a corridor along Highway 288 and Highway 59 North, Sunnyside, South Park, Riverside, Magnolia, Denver Harbor and 5th Ward, as reported by city of Houston officials. “Acres Homes is a separate area also identified by the study as heavily affected,” added study officials.

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