According to the American Heart Association, the national survival rate for cardiac arrest is only 8 percent, but CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

WCCO Mid-Morning welcomed Kim Harkins with Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium (and an American Heart Association volunteer), along with Dale Wakasugi, a two-time cardiac arrest survivor and also an American Heart Association volunteer.

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They provided a hands-on demonstration for how to perform CPR.

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The American Heart Association is pushing for a “Telephone CPR or T-CPR bill” here in Minnesota to establish protocols so dispatchers are trained consistently and better prepared to assist in CPR. You can click here for more information.

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And if you are looking for a CPR class to attend on your own, here is a tool to help you find a course.