"Be a Heart Starter" training day saving lives in Acadiana

Photo provided by Heart Starter program

Annual workshop this Saturday at the Cajundome

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:53pm

The fourteenth annual "Be a Heart Starter" training day will be held this Saturday, May 3, at the Cajundome.  Since training began in 2000, the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest in Acadiana has increased from one percent to over thirty-five percent.

"Fifteen-thousand people in Acadiana have been trained with just this one event that we put on now, and it's made a huge difference where as you were very, very unlikely to survive from cardiac arrest before, now you have a really good chance of survival," says Dr. Charles Wyatt, event founder and medical director.

Being prepared at home and having trained employees combined with the rapid response of first responders makes Acadiana a safer place to live.  Although there is no cost, advanced registration is requested by calling 877-242-4277 or online at www.heartstarter.org.

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