Heart Health Month | CPR Training

February 15, 2016


Heart Health Month is almost over, and we hope you’ve enjoyed our blogs thus far this month and will use this info in the future to contribute to your heart health as well as the heart health of others! Today, we’re talking about CPR and CPR training. Simply put, CPR can save lives, so it’s an important topic that we didn’t want to overlook in our Heart Month series.

What is CPR?

The Mayo Clinic defines CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. a

Why Learn CPR?

cpr-trainingCPR is important because it helps keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until additional, more definitive medical action and treatment can be provided to restore the heart to a normal rhythm. In instances when the heart stops, a lack of oxygen to the brain can cause brain damage in a matter of minutes. In addition, without attention, someone can die within 8-10 minutes. a

The American Heart Association encourages all to learn CPR. Here are some reasons why the AHA encourages other to learn CPR b:

  • There are roughly 326,000 instances of cardiac arrest report annually (and this is the number of instances that happen outside of a hospital!)
  • Many victims of cardiac arrest may otherwise seem healthy and present with no symptoms prior to onset or risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack. An instance of sudden cardiac arrest takes place when electrical impulses inside the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to stop beating suddenly, whereas, a heart attack occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

Forms of CPR Training

cpr-certificationCPR Training can be obtaining in a number of ways, but if you’re seeking out CPR Training/Certification, it’s important to select a program that is reputable and will provide you with the training you need.

CPR Training may be obtained for those pursuing a career in healthcare by way of their training program.

For those who are interested in just obtaining CPR training, the AHA provides a number of great resources for those interested in exploring different options for CPR training. In addition, there are a number of AHA approved training courses that may be available in your local community. 

About Valley Training Center

Valley Training Center has been offering quality Nurse Aide training to the people of the Tri-City area for the past 10+ years. Realizing the importance of having compassionate, professional Nurse Aide professionals in our healthcare system, the team at Valley Training Center is fully committed to helping each student make the most of their educational experience.

Valley Training Center currently offers its Nurse Aide training program in Bay City, MI and Mt. Pleasant, MI. To learn more about Valley Training Center, you can give us a call at 989-726-4319 or request info online.

Valley Training Center is a Division of Dorsey Schools.

About Dorsey Schools

Dorsey Schools are postsecondary institutions that provide short term comprehensive training to prepare students for promising career opportunities in various fields. Dorsey offers cosmetology training, culinary arts training, skilled trades training, and medical training programs for various allied health fields.

Today Dorsey is proudly represented by thousands of successful graduates working in their chosen careers throughout Michigan, because employers know they can feel confident hiring a Dorsey graduate.

If you’d like to learn more about Dorsey Schools, you may visit us online at For more information about Dorsey Schools’ graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed our programs, and other important information, please visit our website at