The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that students receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at some time during grades 8 through 12.

In the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease. This reduction in mortality has been occasioned by multiple factors, not the least of which is the early detection of, and prompt intervention in, a vaso-occlusive event. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation is lifesaving for 30 percent to 45 percent of victims of cardiac arrest.1 However, despite all this positive movement, each year approximately 700,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disorders.2

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