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Community Hospital Anderson offers free CPR class for friends and family

Community Hospital Anderson will offer the American Heart Association's Family and Friends cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course at no charge to community members on Tuesday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Community Anderson's Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Ave.

This is not a certification course. The Family & Friends CPR program contains information on how to perform the basic skills of CPR in adults, children and infants and how to help an adult, child or infant who is choking.

Cardiovascular disease is the nation's No. 1 killer, and about 250,000 deaths per year occur without warning due to sudden cardiac arrest. A victim of sudden cardiac arrest is likely to die within minutes if CPR and defibrillation do not occur. CPR can add critical minutes to a victim’s life by pumping blood and oxygen to vital organs such as the heart, brain and lungs. Seventy-five to 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests occur at home and only about five percent survive. The signs of sudden cardiac arrest include an abrupt loss of consciousness, collapse and the loss of normal breathing.

"When performed effectively, CPR doubles the chance of survival," said Dylan Salyers, CPR trainer at Community Anderson. "CPR is a vital, life-saving skill that everyone needs to know, and when your spouse, parent or child's life is on the line, the training allows you to overcome your fear and act quickly and confidently."

Call 765-298-1660 for more information or to register.