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CPR Training and You

Should I get CPR training?

Yes, you should get CPR training! Every year, thousands of people have a cardiac arrest. This is when their heart stops beating. It happens at home or in other places outside of a hospital. Most people who have cardiac arrest die before they reach the hospital, but CPR can greatly increase their chances of surviving. Unfortunately, few people who have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital get CPR. If you know CPR, you can help save a life.

You may not want to do CPR because you are afraid of or uncomfortable with the rescue breathing. The American Heart Association (AHA) has found that pressing only on the chest works as well as chest compressions with rescue breathing. This is called hands-only or compression-only CPR. Learn how to do hands-only or compression-only CPR and help save a life.

Where to get CPR training

You can take a CPR training class online or in your area. To find a class:

Other courses

Both the AHA and the American Red Cross offer many different first aid and CPR classes. Contact your local hospital because they have regular education and training opportunities. They include:

  • CPR refresher 

  • Babysitter or caregiver

  • Hands-only CPR, also called chest compression-only CPR

Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Duldner, John E., MD, MS
Date Last Reviewed: 9/3/2015
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