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The City of Southaven Fire Department and Baptist Memorial Hospital- DeSoto are offering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training classes for family and friends Friday, June 25. The classes are being held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National CPR Awareness Month.Every year more than 166,000 people lose their lives to sudden cardiac arrest, and learning CPR can possibly mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency.Getting people to act quickly in a heart attack emergency is critical to a victim’s survival. According to the AHA, the window of opportunity for someone to act before it is too late is four to six minutes. Less than one-third of heart attack victims get CPR from someone nearby.CPR for Family and Friends – This CPR awareness program is intended for family members, friends, and members of the community who want to learn how to perform CPR on adults and children as well as how to help someone who is choking, but who do not need a certification card. No prior medical knowledge or training is required. Each class is FREE and includes a CPR booklet for participants to take home. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the City of Southaven’s Bancorpsouth Sports Center located at 3335 Pine Tar Alley. Class size is limited to the first 50 people, so register today by calling Captain Malena Alderman (662)393-7466 ext. 249.
The power to save a life is in your hands - literally. And since 80% of victims of sudden cardiac arrest collapse at home the person you may save is most likely to be someone you love. Help spread the word.