Community Heart Starters is a new initiative with the goal of educating a large majority of local residents in CPR. Attendees at Heart Starters events will receive free instruction on performing CPR. There are no age restrictions; kids and teens are encouraged to attend.

To register for a CPR class visit Click here for event registration

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our kickoff event!

130 members of the community learned CPR on Sunday, November 1 during the Community Heart Starters inaugural event. Check back on this page for information about future events!

More about CPR

The technique now known as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) has been in practice since the 19th century, in one form or another. In 1863, Dr. H R Silvester of London first published a technique for inducing respiration in cases of apparent death from drowning, chloroform, still-birth, and noxious gases. In the 1911 first edition of the Boy Scouts Handbook, the Boy Scouts of America instructed scouts to use the Schaefer method for restoring breathing in the apparently drowned. The Schaefer method calls for the patient to be placed face-down, and for the rescuer to compress the chest at the spaces between the short ribs. CPR has since evolved to include the use of chest compressions, artificial respirations, and defibrillation to treat cardiac arrest. Recent studies have found that uninterrupted chest compressions without delay may be the single most important factor in a patient’s recovery from cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross encourage bystanders to perform hands-only (or compression-only) CPR in the event of a witnessed adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Performing chest compressions on a person suffering from cardiac arrest artificially circulates oxygenated blood through the heart and body to the vital organs until trained medical personnel can arrive. Maintaining blood circulation is critical in the event of any cardiac arrest, and leads to the patient’s greatest chance of survival.
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