For 40 years, it's been Heart Niagara's mission to provide children and adults with the education, training and tools necessary to take control of their heart health.
This February, in recognition of Heart Month, the non-profit organization is offering a FREE community CPR training session in St. Catharines.
As many as 40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada each year, and up to 85 per cent of these happen in public areas or homes.
Although the majority of Canadians say they would recognize the signs if someone were experiencing a heart attack or another cardiac emergency, fewer than half say they have the skills to help in this common and life-threatening emergency.
Annually, Heart Niagara trains over 10,000 people in CPR and AED use. The ability to perform CPR and to know how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can increase a person's odds of survival and recovery.
The Heart Saver CPR certification session will take place at the Grantham Optimist Club, 188 Linwell Rd, St. Catharines, on Saturday, February 4th, from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Participants will learn essential lifesaving skills by using a CPR Anytime Kit ($35 value), under the instruction of Heart Niagara's knowledgeable and friendly instructors. This kit is designed to be shared among close family and friends. For every kit distributed, it is estimated that 2.5 additional people are trained