Each year sudden cardiac arrest strikes a quarter-million Americans. Of that, fewer than 5% survive, largely due to delays in receiving treatment. If a cardiac arrest happened to your loved one or a close friend, would you know how to perform life-saving CPR, which can double a victimís chance of survival?

Thatís why learning CPR and having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) installed in offices, schools, and communities is so important. CPR is easy to learn and AEDs are safe, easy to use, low maintenance, and virtually anyone can be trained to operate them.

A successful early defibrillation program takes more than just defibrillators. It requires a complete solution: from medical direction and implementation, to training and maintenance.

Surprisingly, the vast majority of Americans don't know CPR. Thatís why the American Heart Association, in collaboration with Laerdal has developed the CPR Anytimeô for Family and Friends Personal Learning Program, bringing CPR training into the homes of families everywhere.

Each year, cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac arrest claim the lives of 335,000 Americans before they reach a hospital. Almost 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member. Currently the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims is less than 5 percent. CPR can double a victim's chance of survival by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain until more advanced care can be given.

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