(Acworth, Ga. – Feb. 6, 2014) February is a month that is typically greeted with flowers, candy, and paper hearts, but at Chattahoochee Technical College there is a little more focus on the actual heart this year. In honor of American Heart Association Heart Month, Chattahoochee Technical College will partner with the Acworth Police Department to offer a free Family and Friends CPR Course on Saturday, Feb. 15.
“While approximately 900 individuals suffer sudden cardiac death every day in the United States, few people consider what they would do if faced with a situation where they could potentially save a life,” said Chattahoochee Technical College AHA Training Center Coordinator Shelby Martin. “A class like this gives the information, practice and peace of mind that you won’t be helpless in a situation. According to the American Heart Association, early CPR, when paired with defibrillation and early advanced care, can greatly increase a patient’s chances of survival.”
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the nation, and only five percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. Immediate CPR and defibrillation can improve the survival rates to 74 percent.
The class will train individuals using the Family & Friends CPR training curriculum – a short program that is designed for ordinary residents, who do not certification for their jobs, basic CPR and how to effectively use a defibrillator. The class is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon.
Advanced registration is required by calling 770-528-3538. Chattahoochee Technical College also offers other CPR programs for individuals and groups, including the popular HeartSaver program and Basic Life Support classes for healthcare professionals.