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Clark County joins list of HeartSafe communities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Clark County is the latest in Kentucky to earn the designation as a HeartSafe Community.

The designation is set aside for communities that meet criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.

The recent announcement that Clark County is joining the list was made by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Clark County joins the list that includes Jefferson, McCracken, Shelby and Warren counties and Ashland-Boyd County.

HeartSafe communities meet a combination of factors seen as improving a community's ability to recognize and respond to cardiac arrest. Those factors include early access to emergency care in which bystanders recognize the symptoms of cardiac arrest and immediately call 911, and early administration of CPR.

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