What is CPR?

What is CPR?

According to the American Heart Association, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood.  CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to "buy time" until normal heart function is restored. Cardiac arrest is often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).  When VF develops, the heart quivers and doesn't pump blood.  The victim in VF cardiac arrest needs CPR and delivery of a shock to the heart, called defibrillation. Defibrillation eliminates the abnormal VF heart rhythm and allows the normal rhythm to resume.  Defibrillation is not effective for all forms of cardiac arrest but it is effective to treat VF. the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.

Why Learn CPR?

HeartStart Express is aimed at increasing awareness and promoting the proper and timely use of CPR and First Aid skills. This program is designed: to decrease those feelings of being helpless while waiting for paramedics to arrive and to help people help others and finally to save lives!

We realize that there are many who want the training but not everyone can afford the CPR programs that are offered out there and that it often becomes a deterrent to them getting training in CPR and First Aid.  We also recognize that there are many people who need to take the training to be able to get that job they have always wanted or into a post secondary program but couldn’t afford it thereby limiting there ability to further themselves. This program recognizes a real need in society to make the training available and offer the programs at a low cost so it can be accessible to all.

HeartStart Express is aimed at those who couldn’t otherwise afford the training or simply just have a desire to take the training.  The programs are open to anyone and we encourage you to register with your family and friends.  Who knows it may be their lives you save!

HeartStart Express is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

With a variety of course offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us.  Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

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