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A unique Valentine’s Day gift.

January 28, 2010
Debra Lordan · Editor/General Manager

AHA has partnered with Maui public safety and emergency medical service agencies to bring a free Valentine’s Day gift to Maui—Heartsaver CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) Certification Classes on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku. Two-hour training classes will be offered to the public at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of people over the age of 45 and cardiac arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning. When blood flow or breathing stops, seconds count. Permanent brain damage or death can happen quickly. Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if CPR and defibrillation are not provided. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse. Without CPR, a victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation.

But if you know how to perform CPR, you could save a life. CPR is an emergency procedure for a person whose heart has stopped or is no longer breathing to help maintain circulation and breathing until emergency medical help arrives.

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Debra Lordan · Editor/General Manager

Many of these deaths are avoidable if you know the proper actions to take. Promptly providing CPR immediately after cardiac arrest can double a victim’s chance of survival.

Yet only about one-fourth of cardiac arrest victims receive that help, and only about 6.5 percent of victims survive. If more people knew what to do, survival rates could improve greatly. And you don’t have to be a medical professional or emergency responder to save a life. About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a member of your own family.

In an emergency, nothing prepares us better than advanced knowledge and training. If you are with someone who had a heart attack or almost drowned, will you know what to do?

At the Heartsaver CPR class, qualified CPR instructors will teach you how to recognize an emergency, call for help and perform CPR. You will have the opportunity to watch videos, hear lectures and practice on CPR training manikins in small groups.

The training is supported by the Maui Fire Department, Maui Police Department, Airport Crash & Rescue, Maui County Aquatics Division, National Parks Service, Maui Community College and volunteers from the private sector.

The classes are open to the public, but due to space limitations, preference will be given to those who register in advance. Call AHA at 244-7185.



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