Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
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June 2, 2017 Dalmarys Matos (203)576-7201
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Mayor Ganim, City of Bridgeport Raise Awareness for CPR &AED Week with Free CPR Classes
CPR & AED Awareness Week- Learn Hands-Only CPR to Save Lives
Bridgeport, CT- What would you do if someone next to you collapsed because their heart stopped from sudden cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - is a leading cause of death. More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the U.S. Mayor Ganim and the City of Bridgeport are supporting the American Heart Association efforts to increase cardiac arrest survival, and for CPR and AED Week by hosting *FREE* CPR Classes at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 P.M.
“CPR is something that everyone should know and we are inviting and encourage all local businesses, residents, and employees to take advantage of this program. This is a critical piece of knowledge and it is such an amazing opportunity for people to be able to learn to have the chance to help loved ones and others,” said Mayor Ganim.
This awareness week and FREE CPR Program have been coordinated by the City of Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management, it is supported locally by AMR for providing the Hands-Only CPR and AED education, and The American Heart Association will also be on-hand and providing 200 free CPR kits to participants (as seen in the photo). Kits are first come, first serve.
When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests do not survive. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Recently, a 16-year old Stamford teen Keyara Zamor saved her 5-year old cousin with Hands-Only CPR skills she learned in 2015 at her school by Dr. Thomas Nero’s Hands for Life group. Dr. Nero, a Stamford Health interventional cardiologist, founded Hands for Life to raise CPR awareness and train people to help save lives. The group trained 5,100 people in one day in 2012.
Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order: (1) Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.
Watch the 90-second demo video. Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to CPR, and the AHA encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. You can find a CPR class near you at heart.org/findacourse and/or purchase a CPR Anytime® Kit at shopheart.org/cpr-anytime.