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Apr 30, 2014 9:23 PM by Ashlea Bullignton

"Be a HeartStarter" Can Save Your Life.

The fourteenth annual "Be a HeartStarter" event comes to the Cajundome on Saturday.

This free event, held on Saturday, May 3, is available to anyone middle school age and older. There are two, two hour sessions that will be conducted. The first session starts at 8 a.m and the second begins at 10:30 p.m.

Jennifer Morrow, a teacher at Lafayette High and also an instructor for the event, told KATC that "Be a HeartStarter" began in 2001 and has increased the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims from one percent to 32 percent. Sudden cardiac arrest occurring in settings outside the hospital is responsible for more than 230,000 deaths each year. Those who attend "Be a HeartStarter" increase their chances for survival.

Keith Meyers, a Jeff Davis Parish resident, survived a heart attack in December because his wife performed CPR on him when he collapsed. Following his triple-bypass surgery, Keith credits his wife's training and his will to live with the fact that he's still alive to tell his story.

"I don't know what I was doing but I know I was doing the right thing because every doctor and every hospital I have talked to said if I had not done it he would not be here today", Renee Meyers told KATC.

Keith believes he is blessed that his wife, a veteran nurse who knew the proper way to perform CPR. Morrow stressed the importance of knowing CPR--just like Renee did--and that everyone should attend "Be a HeartStarter" in case a life-threatening, cardiac event occurs.

To register, call 877-242-4277 or go online at www.heartstarter.org.

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