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Be CPR Smart

The American Heart Association is working to pass state laws that will assure all students are trained in life-saving CPR before they graduate from high school. Thanks to our efforts, more than 2 million students across 34 states become trained lifesavers every year!

Trained Students Save Lives

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the US—but bystander CPR can double or triple the survival rate.

How do we raise the number of CPR-trained bystanders? Train students in CPR before they graduate high school.

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Training students in CPR can be accomplished with a minimal investment in time and cost. According to the latest science, trainees—including school children—can achieve acceptable levels of CPR skills proficiency in 30 minutes or less. That means in less time than it takes to watch the average sitcom, students can learn this lifesaving skill.

Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, NY began its CPR program in 1994. Amazingly, at least 16 lives have been saved so far because these students used their CPR skills in the real world!

If the children from one school can save 16 lives, imagine how many lives we could save if all students in all 50 states learned CPR before graduation.

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