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Suffolk, NY asks CPR trainees to use app

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island residents who have a heart attack may have a better chance of survival thanks to a new initiative.

Suffolk County is asking residents with CPR training to download an app called PulsePoint on their smartphones.

When a call goes out for a cardiac arrest, anyone within 400 feet who's signed up with PulsePoint will get an alert.

CBS New York (http://cbsloc.al/Oi7ZqY ) says 911 will still send an ambulance. But volunteers may be able to help before the ambulance gets there.

Several hundred people already have signed up.

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Information from: WCBS-TV, http://www.cbs2ny.com

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