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Suffolk, NY asks CPR trainees to use app

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 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