Southlake CPR Classes Teach Life-Saving Skills

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn a new skill, choose one that could save someone’s life – literally! The City of Southlake is offering an American Heart Association CPR/AED class this Saturday, January 17 from 8 am to 12 pm. The class is free and open to everyone age 15 and above, although participants must register in advance. To register, contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349 or rburt@ci.southlake.tx.us. Participants will earn a CPR certification, valid for two years.

What Is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. During cardiac arrest, the technique keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and vital organs until medical personnel arrive. Most people recognize CPR, which involves quick compressions on a victim’s chest, as well as mouth-to-mouth breathing. (The technique is slightly different for young children and infants.) According to the American Heart Association, even untrained individuals can perform the chest compression aspect of CPR. However, only those with certification should attempt the breathing portion of the technique.

CPR certification is often a prerequisite for childcare, eldercare, and similar employment. More importantly, this skill could save someone’s life in the event of an emergency. According to the American Heart Association, 92% of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. However, this number could be much lower if more people knew CPR. When heart attack victims receive immediate medical care, their chances of survival are doubled or even tripled.

To Protect Your Heart, Keep Your Gums Healthy

Of course, while it is important to know life-saving CPR, it is always better to prevent heart attacks in the first place. Did you know that practicing good dental care is a great way to protect your cardiovascular health? Studies show that patients with periodontal disease are more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke. Although researchers are not sure of the exact connection, they believe that the oral bacteria that causes periodontitis may also lead to the formation of blood clots. Whatever the exact connection, there is no doubt that proper dental hygiene is essential to your overall wellness. In addition to learning lifesaving skills for the future, take steps to protect your own heart. Schedule a routine dental cleaning at our Southlake practice.

ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:

As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.