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Apr 11, 2014 3:27 PM

Get the training to save a life at Heartstarter on May 3

On Saturday, May 3, the 14th annual "Be a Heart Starter!" training day staff will aim to prepare everyone to save a life.

Since training began in 2000, the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest in Acadiana has increased from one percent to over 35 percent. During the last 13 years, nearly 16,000 Acadiana residents have been trained in bystander CPR at this nationally recognized event. Last year over 1,000 people were trained.

Being prepared at home and having trained employees, combined with the rapid response of first responders, makes Acadiana a safer place to live. Seventy-five percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home and many times no one knows how to administer CPR. If no bystander CPR is provided, chances of survival are reduced 7 to 10 percent with each minute of delay.

"The fact that we are holding the 14th year of this event is only possible with the sponsorship and volunteer support of the Acadiana medical community and other community-minded companies and organizations that believe in making Acadiana a safer place to live. We encourage everyone to register for this year's event, even if you have taken the course before. You never know when CPR training can save a friend or family member," says Dr. Charles Wyatt, event founder and medical director.

This free event is open to anyone middle school-age or older who wants to learn how to "Be A Heart Starter!" Two, two-hour sessions will be held, one at 8 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m. In addition to CPR training, there will be demonstrations on administering CPR to an infant and child along with how an automatic external defibrillator (AED) works in saving a victim's life. There will be special training table areas for participants who are not able to kneel comfortably during training. Also, a segment of the course will focus on stroke recognition.

Although there is no cost, advanced registration is requested by calling toll-free 877-242-4277 or online at www.heartstarter.org. Each participant will receive a "Be A Heart Starter!" T-shirt, a training course participation certificate and more.

 

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