The "Heart Ready" program offered by the JCFD, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, provides both CPR and AED certification classes to residents of Johns Creek.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency procedure in which the heart and lungs are made to work by manually compressing the chest overlying the heart and forcing air into the lungs. CPR is used to maintain circulation when the heart stops pumping, usually because of disease, drugs, or trauma.
The use of an AED (automated external defibrillator), a small, portable device that sends an electric shock to the heart and restores a patient's heart rhythm to normal levels, greatly increases the chance of survival.
Participants must be at least 12 years old and residents of Johns Creek. The classes hold up to 40 people. Check the JCFD's online CPR Certification application form or the City's calendar for class dates, times and location.
According to the American Heart Association, every 26 seconds an American has a coronary incident and every 60 seconds someone dies from one.