Free CPR training offered in Hampton Roads

Hands-Only CPR Training in Va. Beach Photo from Teri Arnold, American Heart Association

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds of people are learning life-saving CPR skills this week, thanks to the American Heart Association. The group is holding “Hampton Roads Hands-Only” training in a few different cities.

According to the organization, most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone at the scene.

The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is supported by an educational grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

“Our mission is to improve the health of individuals and families, so it’s a natural fit that we would support the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign,” said Karen Remley, Anthem’s chief medical director. “Too many people die unnecessarily each year from sudden cardiac arrest, and we are committed to helping provide people with the simple tools to save lives.”

The free interactive training was held at Portfolio Recovery Associates and Amerigroup Corporation on Monday and Tuesday in Virginia Beach. On Wednesday, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outside of MacArthur Center in Norfolk, directly across from the Norva.

Pre-registration is not required. Just show up between the hours of the event.

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