OSCEOLA COUNTY — Would you know how to react if someone near you collapsed?

It may seem like something that would never happen to you, but surprisingly enough it is a common occurrence. In fact, every year more than 300,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting and less than 8 percent survive

Most of the time it happens at home, and many times, the person has shown no prior signs of heart disease. Performing CPR immediately can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Yet 70 percent of bystanders don’t act because they don’t know CPR or are hesitant to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger, according to the American Heart Association.

The only way to save a sudden cardiac arrest victim is through timely CPR and defibrillation. For every minute that passes, the victim’s chances of survival decreases by approximately 10 percent. Knowing what to do in an emergency can help to save someone’s life.

Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) joins the American Heart Association in encouraging CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for everyone. CMDHD offers monthly classes in our six county districts.

For more information on the classes, visit our website at www.cmdhd.org or call the health department branch for Osceola County at (231) 832-5532 ext. 14.