Originally created 09/13/99

Treating heart attacks on golf courses



NEW YORK -- Golf Digest and the American Heart Association are urging golf clubs to have better medical equipment available for golfers who have heart attacks on the course.

An AHA study last year found golf courses are among the most common public places where heart attacks occur. The study also showed that survival rates from cardiac arrest on a course are less than 5 percent, lower than the national average.

The AHA and Golf Digest on Monday are to announce a public awareness and education program, "Links for Life."

The initiative encourages golf clubs to have portable defibrillators, radios and other emergency equipment on hand, and train staff in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator use.

Defibrillation is an electrical shock to the heart. The shock needs to be administered within 10 minutes of the attack if the victim is to have a good chance of survival.

"`Links for Life' is a call to action to golfers and the golf community nationwide," Golf Digest editor Jerry Tarde said.