Tomorrow's the last chance of 2013 for getting instruction in chest-compression CPR from local medical students.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is free.
Officials at the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center, where chest-compression CPR was developed, say the holidays can negatively impact heart health.
“Holiday heart syndrome is real. While most people think of Christmas as a happy time, it also can be a time of stress and sadness," says Dr. Karl B. Kern, co-director of the Sarver Heart Center.
"If you add in extra eating and drinking and less exercise, this can impact your heart health. Everyday there are 15 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Arizona. The number goes up over the holidays. Learn how to respond, just in case."
The hour-long session gives participants hands-on training in a method that is touted as easy to learn, remember and perform.
No registration for the event is required. Free parking is available in the hospital’s Patient/Visitor’s Parking Garage.
It is not a certification class, but participants can request a letter stating that they completed the training.
Call 626-4146 or visit www.heart.arizona.edu for more information, including training videos.
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