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Colonie offers CPR training

Officials say 13 percent of heart attacks treated with CPR last year

In recognition of National Heart Month, the Colonie EMS Department is hosting four separate events at locations around the town for any community members to come and learn hands-only CPR. The free “CPR Anytime” training sessions will provide easy-to-learn lessons on how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants, as well as how to use an AED, or an automated external defibrillator.

In recognition of National Heart Month, the Colonie EMS Department is hosting four separate events at locations around the town for any community members to come and learn hands-only CPR. The free “CPR Anytime” training sessions will provide easy-to-learn lessons on how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants, as well as how to use an AED, or an automated external defibrillator. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “Our goal is to get people out of the hospital neurologically intact,” Bevilacqua said.

Last year, 13 percent of the people who suffered cardiac arrest in Colonie walked out a day or two later from the hospital.

“Every one of them had citizen CPR,” Bevilacqua said. “Each year, we’ve continually improved our survival rate in Colonie.”

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 300,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, and the survival rate is below 8 percent.

“CPR is easy to learn, and it really does save lives. I urged everyone to attend one of our ‘CPR Anytime’ sessions to learn this lifesaving technique in a quick and easy format,” Colonie Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan said.

Resident Cicely Parnas stopped by one of the classes at the Colonie Center on Friday, Feb. 1, and learned how to perform hands-only CPR on a dummy. She said it was “very easy” to learn.

“I think probably everyone should know how to do it. You never know what can happen,” Parnas said. “I have heart palpitations so I’m aware that the heart can be very fragile and it’s important to at least be prepared in case there is an emergency.”

The remaining dates for “CPR Anytime” are Wednesday, Feb. 6, at The Crossings of Colonie at the Meeting House, adult classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and child and infant classes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the William K. Sanford Town Library, noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 26, at The Cicotti Center, adult classes 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., child and infant classes at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each 45-minute class is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

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