The University of New Mexico hosts the 8th annual Project Heart Start Day on Saturday, June 17. Sponsored by Project Heart Start New Mexico, community members can learn how to save a life at several locations around New Mexico including Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 400,000 people in the U.S. every year. Surprisingly, 9,000 of those are under the age of 18. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if those close by had been trained to perform a few simple lifesaving steps.

CPR classes begin at the top of the hour from 8 a.m. to noon. The session will explain what to do if someone nearby experiences a sudden cardiac arrest, chokes or displays the symptoms of a heart attack.   


Albuquerque: UNM’s Johnson Field and Gym

Rio Rancho: Cabazon Community Center and Park 

Los Lunas: Daniel Fernandez Recreational Center

Each location will host sessions beginning at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

Non-certification PHS sessions last only about 40 minutes and are divided into watching a 12 minute video, produced by KOAT and Dr. Barry Ramo, followed by a 15 minute skill session led by a facilitator and a short demonstration of an AED.

Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform compression-only CPR (COCPR) and to encourage and facilitate the placement and utilization of automated external defibrillators (AED).

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