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Train to "Save a Life" at mass CPR/AED training sessions this weekend

Houston, TX - 2/6/2012

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Texas Arrhythmia Institute are offering Houston-area residents a chance to become certified in CPR/AED use for $10 on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. More information about Save a Life can be found below and on the Web at http://www.houstonsavealife.org.

Victims of sudden cardiac arrest have between a 50 and 75 percent chance of being resuscitated if a shock is administered to the heart within five minutes of collapsing. Immediate intervention is crucial. The chance of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by about 10 percent each minute after collapse, with the likelihood of survival being minimal after 10 minutes.

Since 2006, many young Texan athletes have experienced sudden, life-threatening heart problems. Nearly 400 AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) were distributed to every school in the Houston and Spring Branch districts and to other area institutions by the Texas Arrhythmia Institute. Yet the general population remains largely untrained in CPR and in the use of AEDs. On-site AEDs go unused 66 percent of the time, even at the site of a sudden cardiac arrest.

The event is sponsored by the Houston Texans and LyondellBasell.

TIME AND LOCATION OF TRAINING EVENTS

 English-language training (offered twice)
 Saturday, Feb. 11, 2010
 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -or- 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 Methodist Training Center
 8335 Lantern Dr., Houston, TX 77054
 (Enter from Kirby Dr. near 610 South loop -- free parking, Teal Lot)

 Spanish-language session (offered once)
 Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012
 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Greater Houston Area Red Cross
 2700 Southwest Freeway
 Houston, TX 77098
 (Highway 59W pasada de la Kirby – Parqueadero gratis)

 These are indoor events and will take place rain or shine.

COST AND HOW TO REGISTER

 Participants must pre-register

 $10 per person. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Upon
 successful completion of the class, participants will receive American Red Cross
 certification in adult CPR and AED use. No refunds.

 Register online
 English sessions - https://www.methodisthealth.com/save-a-life-registration  En Espanõl - http://www.methodisthealth.com/body.cfm?id=38889

 Register by phone
 Call 832-667-5857 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F (English/Español)

For more information about the event, call 832-667-5857 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, e-mail us at savealife@tmhs.org, or visit http://www.houstonsavealife.org.

To speak with a representative of the Greater Houston Red Cross, please contact Cameron Ballantyne at 713-313-1639 or cballantyne@ghac.org. To speak with a representative of Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center or the Texas Arrhythmia Institute, please contact David Bricker at 832-667-5811 or dmbricker@tmhs.org.