Learning skills that could save a life

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A few hundred people came out Saturday for Yakima's annual Save-a-Life Blitz.

It was hosted by health care professionals and emergency responders from across the valley. Participants learned how to perform CPR, how to use an automatic external defibrillator, how to recognize signs of a stroke and how to respond to someone who is choking.

There were one-hour sessions in both English and Spanish for those interested in learning these life saving practices.

"If you have a heart beat, you need to know CPR, and CPR is the most important life saving event if someone were to have a heart attack," said Dennis Hoover, Cardiovascular Services Coordinator at Memorial Hospital.

More than 80 percent of heart attacks occur in the home. Yakima County has one of the highest mortality rates in the state for heart disease.
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