February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease since 1963. This year, National Wear Red Day is February 7th. Since 2004, February has been the signature month for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign and the message that heart disease is not only a man’s problem. On this day, many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease. Mark your calendar and get your best red garment ready!
To support the efforts of the America Heart Association, the Recreation Department offers CPR/AED Training classes every other month with the next class taking place Saturday, March 8th. These classes are approximately four hours long on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.
I have taken this class several times and always felt awkward with the timing of the compressions even with the expert instruction I received. Through a bit of research I have found a trick to improve my CPR compression skills. Are you ready for this? The tempo of the beat of CPR compressions is the same as the popular 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever’s theme song “Staying Alive.” I’ll bet that when the Bee Gees, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote the music for “Staying Alive” they never imagined that over thirty years later the tempo would be used to help save lives. You might ask, where this research comes from? I found it at the American Heart Association website www.heart.org.
The tempo of “Staying Alive” is quicker than what I have been practicing. So, when I mentally walk myself through the steps of CPR, I will be speeding up my compressions. I recommend that you do the same and if you find you aren’t meeting the beat that you put the song on and give it another go. Practice makes perfect, and if the situation arises that you need to perform CPR that practice will be put to good use.
Also taught in the class is how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). AEDs are an added tool in the fight to save lives. They are used on individuals who are suffering a cardiac arrest. For additional information on CPR/AED classes call (702) 293-9256.