Save a life by learning CPR

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7
Free Public "Sidewalk CPR" Events:

San Francisco:
Tuesday, June 1
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Palo Alto:
Tuesday, June 1
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Ave.

Mountain View:
Friday, June 4
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
500 Castro St.

Marin County: Saturday, June 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The following locations:

Vista Point - The Marin Headlands
Strawberry Village Shopping Center
The Village
Town Center
Northgate Mallv Vintage Oaks at Novato
Marinwood Farmer's Market

Related links:

>> CPR Anytime Kit
>> Hands-only CPR
>> American Heart Association

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.

  • Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.

  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

  • The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, including healthcare professionals and the general public.

  • The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per minute - the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee's song, "Stayin' Alive."
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Unless CPR and defibrillation are provided within minutes of collapse, few attempts at resuscitation are successful.

  • Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED is required to stop the abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.

  • New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.

  • AEDs are now widely available in public places such as schools, airports and workplaces.
  • About 5,800 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes - including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome.

  • The incidence of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes ranges from .28 to 1 death per 100,000 high school athletes annually in the U.S.

  • The American Heart Association does not have a minimum age requirement for people to learn CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength rather than age.

  • Studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills.
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