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Heart smarts: Get the skills to save a life this November

If you witnessed a family member in cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? 
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Learn CPR and all about heart health this month

This November you can be somebody who saves a life!

Do you know the ratio of compressions to breaths when performing CPR? Do you know where to place your hands for compressions? Do you know the purpose of an AED? Take the online quiz at

With most (70 per cent) of heart attacks occurring at home, do you feel prepared to respond in a cardiac emergency? If you witnessed a family member in cardiac arrest , would you know what to do? 

A heart attack happens when the heart can’t get enough oxygen because of a blockage in one of the arteries feeding the heart muscle.  

Although the majority of Canadians say they would recognize the signs if someone were experiencing a heart attack or another cardiac emergency, fewer than half say they have the skills to help in this common and life-threatening emergency.

November is CPR Month and the Canadian Red Cross challenges everyone to get the training they need to help save a life. Effective bystander CPR, when used in conjunction with an AED and administered immediately following cardiac arrest, can double a person’s chance of survival. 

With blended courses now available — two hours online, two hours in classroom — it’s so easy to gain the confidence and knowledge to save a life. In the meantime, download the Canadian Red Cross First Aid App for free, giving you valuable first aid resources at your fingertips.   

Be a Lifesaver!