“Nearly 500,000 people die every year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. But many of these fathers, mothers, spouses and youth could have been saved.” ³
Sudden cardiac death – sudden cardiac arrest – usually occurs shortly after the onset of symptoms resulting in unexpected death from an abrupt loss of heart function – cardiac arrest.¹
Victims are often unaware of the presence of any coronary heart disease – frequently the underlying cause.¹
There are about 295,000 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurrences in the United States each year. Unfortunately time in responding to a cardiac arrest is critical and many people die before emergency medical services can be administered because the people that are available simply do not know how to respond using CPR effectively.
This Valentine’s Day weekend the Scottsdale Fire Department is offering instruction workshops on using a new Hands-Only CPR technique to help save the life of a loved one, coworker or a stranger who may be having a cardiac emergency. Hundreds of Scottsdale residents are expected to participate in this 2nd annual event – “Feel the Love”, Hands-Only CPR.
It is no longer necessary to use mouth to mouth contact and breathe for individuals to when initiating CPR – “just press on the chest to save a life“. According to the American Heart Associoation “Hands-Only CPR – rapid, deep presses on the victim’s chest until help arrives – works just as well as standard CPR for sudden cardiac arrest in adults”. The Hands-Only CPR – new technique – is an easy and safe technique to administer CPR using Hands-Only and can dramatically can improve a person’s chance of surviving a heart attack.³
The training will include tips on responding to a cardiac arrest. Participants will learn how to notify first responders (calling 911), perform chest compressions, when to use the Hands-Only CPR technique, and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
Workshops started Thursday 2/11/2010 and continue through Sunday 2/14/2010.
The following workshops are still available
Friday, Feb. 12th
- 7-8:30 pm @ Knit Happens; 7777 E. Indian School Rd.
Saturday, Feb. 13th
- 8-9:30 am @ Fire Headquarters; 8401 E. Indian School Rd.
- 10-11:30 am @ Granite Reef Senior Center; 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
- 10-11:30 am @ Rio Montaña Park; 11180 N. 132nd St.
- 12:30-2pm @ Eldorado Park; 2311 N. Miller Rd.
- 1-2:30 pm @ La Mirada Desert Park; 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
- 3-4:30 pm @ Mtn. View Community Center; 8625 E. Mountain View Rd.
- 3:30-5 pm @ Horizon Community Center; 15440 N. 100th St.
Sunday, Feb. 14th
- 1-2:30 pm @ Fire Headquarters; 8401 E. Indian School Rd.
The training does not include “certification cards” – required by some employers or organizations. However certification classes are also available at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/fire/CPRclasses.
The American Heart Association statistics for cardiovascular disease in the US include: ²
- Cardiovascular disease claimed 831,272 lives in 2006.
- Coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in America today.
- Coronary heart disease resulted in 425,425 deaths in 2006
- “This year an estimated 1.26 million Americans will have a new or recurrent coronary attack.”
For information or to schedule a group Hands-Only CPR presentation, contact Patty Jo Angelini at (480) 312-1815 or email [email protected], Register by calling: 480?312?8000 or register online at:
For additional information: Click here to watch an approx 1 minute basic video on Hands-Only CPR, Click here for an approx 31/2 min informative video on Hands-Only CPR.
Click here to download a FREE CPR iPhone App.
1. American Heart Association, Sudden Cardiac Arrest
2. American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Disease Statistics
3. Scottsdale Fire Department