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EDITORIAL: Easy to learn, invaluable to know

The American Heart Association still recommends the original CPR methods be used if you find someone who is already unconscious and not breathing normally or if a person is the victim of drowning, drug overdose, collapse due to breathing problems or prolonged cardiac arrest. The traditional, two-part method is also recommended for infants and children 12-years old or younger. Otherwise, hands-only CPR is recommended.

The best part is, hands-only CPR training is very quick. All you need is a five-minute instructional course, and you’ll be all set. And you won’t have to touch your lips to a training dummy’s lips, either.

As we enter National Heart Month, we feel it’s important that everyone take advantage of the American Heart Association’s hands-only CPR training classes, which will be held in several locations throughout Albany County through the end of February. The class will take only five minutes, and what you learn will be invaluable.

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