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CPR History: Some Facts to Know

AHA CPR in Folsom

By J. A. Young

Officially recommended as a life-saving method in 1740 by the Paris Academy of Sciences, CPR has grown to become an essential worldwide technique for delivering emergency care for those who go into cardiac arrest.  Because we never know when someone might go into cardiac arrest, the more people who learn the technique, the more people are prepared to help a fellow human in need whether that person is a family member or a stranger on the street.  CPR has been around in some form for centuries and the following facts denote some milestones from its interesting past.

Paris Academy of Sciences

This panel, of course, was a distinguished intellectual society that was founded in the mid-sixteenth century by French King Louis XIV.  The group recommended a form of CPR to be used to help resuscitate drowning victims.  At the time, the society was one of the foremost leaders in the area of sciences and CPR is one example of their important contributions to the developing field of medicine.

Organized Help for the Near Drowned

The Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned was founded in England in 1774.  This was one of the earliest organizations to focus on artificial resuscitation.  Its efforts led to increased awareness of techniques that could be used in cases of near drownings to revive victims.  Today this organization has become an organized charity that awards people who have attempted and succeeded at saving lives.

George Crile

Dr. Crile was an important American surgeon who made some CPR milestones though he is more famously known for other medical milestones like direct blood transfusion and his design of the small haemostatic forceps.  In reference to CPR, however, Crile became the first American to successfully employ external compressions to revive a human in 1903.  In 1904, Crile became the first American to perform closed-chest cardiac massage.  The physician published Surgical Anemia and Resuscitation in 1914 and is today largely regarded as a pioneer of modern CPR.

1950s Milestones

CPR advanced immensely in 1954 when James Elam provided proof that expired air carried enough oxygen to maintain another’s oxygenation levels.  This milestone was followed up by Elam and Peter Safar in 1956 when the two invented the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique which is a cornerstone of CPR training today.  Before the decade was over, the U.S. military adopted the technique which helped cement its importance and launch it into the mainstream.

The American Heart Association

In 1960, the American Heart Association developed CPR and has since been instrumental in creating training platforms for the methods employed.  It wasn’t until 1963, however, that the association formally recommended CPR as a standard procedure to be used as a life-saving technique. The American Heart Association has designed CPR and First-aid classes to train the public. These life-saving courses are provided to the public. View upcoming CPR and First-aid classes in Rancho Cordova.

By 1972 the first mass-training sessions of ordinary citizens took place in Seattle.  Leonard Cobb helped train as many as 200,000 people by 1974.  Today, of course, people train in CPR all over the world.  Yet its development as a viable medical intervention has a long history.  Understanding the journey it took helps people recognize what an amazing procedure it is today and how much effort it took to bring it into modern use.

Sacramento CPR Classes

Get ACLS certified in Sacramento!

Are you looking for an ACLS Class in the Sacramento Area? Now you can take your ACLS skills testing and get certified with Sacramento CPR Classes!

Here the steps on how to complete your ACLS Class:

1. Register for a skills testing date.
2. After you register, we will send you a link for payment.
3. After you pay for the class, we will email you the key to get started.
4. You complete the online course at your convenience.
5. Print out your online certificate and bring with you to the skills testing.
6. You will leave class with the American Heart Association ACLS card.

To register for this class, please visit our website:

 Sacramento CPR Classes
Hyatt Place
10744 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-623-4684 

American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Classes in the Bay Area

We are proud to announced our CPR & First Aid classes, now in Spanish! You will receive your American Heart Association certificate at the end of class!

The class is 5 hours long. Make sure to come in comfortable clothing, you will be practicing a lot with the manikins!

The Spanish CPR & First Aid classes are offered in our San Francisco, San Jose and Concord locations!

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We also offer other classes at our Sacramento location, please visit our website if you are interested in CPR, First Aid, and BLS Classes:


Sacramento CPR Classes

10744 Gold Center Drive

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 623-4684


American Heart Association CPR/AED Classes

Some people may think 3 hours of CPR class can be really boring! Don´t worry! Our Instructors are train an prepare to provide you with an informative class, but also fun and stress free! 

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AHA CPR in Folsom

To register for our classes, you can go directly to our website and sign up for the class. You pay when you come to class, if you can´t come, just cancel the class, there is no extra fee!!! 

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Sacramento CPR Classes
Hyatt Place
10744 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-623-4684

Heartsaver CPR/AED Class


Who should take this CPR/AED class?
Teachers (clear credentials), summer camp counselors, coaches, fitness instructors for ACE exams, foster care, social workers, maritime (US Coast Guard approved) nannies, parents, grandparents, babysitters (ten years or older), construction workers, & general workplace.

When: Wednesday January 15, 2014

Time: From 1pm To 4pm

Cost: $70

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Sacramento CPR Classes
Hyatt Place
10744 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-623-4684

El Dorado Hills, CA American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid classes

When: Saturday November 23rd, 2013

Time: 1:00pm

Cost: $140


Rancho Cordova CPR & First Renewal Course

This is an American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid class for 5 hours. You will get your certificate card on day of class. Don’t forget to complete our online survey to get your Free Key Chain Mask!

For more information please visit our website:


Sacramento CPR Classes
Hyatt Place
10744 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-623-4684

Heart Attack Warning Signs

BLS CPR Courses are taught in Rancho Cordova

Learn the Signs of a Heart Attack.

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is attributed to heart disease and heart attacks. Often the symptoms are confused with other illnesses, making it difficult to detect symptoms. However, there are a few heart attack warnings to watch out for, which if detected and treated early, may prevent a full blown heart attack.

Discomfort in the Chest

Many heart attacks begin with discomfort in the chest. This can either be a mild fullness feeling or a painful squeezing or uncomfortable pressure. Those who have suffered heart attack often describe the discomfort in the chest area as a gradual, intense pressure. The tightness in the chest may last more than 5 minutes and may also move to the upper back area.

Dizziness or Lightheadedness

Heart attack patients also experience a dizziness or lightheadedness which feels a bit like they are going to pass out. Although this is not always a symptom indicative of a heart attack, it is an indication of something which needs to be investigated by a medical professional. This is often a symptom of heart disease or heart attack that is ignored or overlooked.

Arm Pain

Pain in the arm is probably the most well known symptom of heart of attack. This pain often occurs in the left arm but can occur in either. Unfamiliar pain in the left side of the body, anywhere from the shoulder to the elbow, may be a symptom of heart attack.

Many heart attacks occur without any symptoms and are known as “silent” heart attacks. If any of these heart attack warnings are experienced, it is important to consult with a medical professional. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, immediately call 911 and be prepared to perform CPR. The American Heart Association has designed training courses to prepare the public on how to save someone suffering from a heart attack.


American Heart Association Training Courses & History

AHA BLS Courses in Rancho Cordova and Carmichael

American Heart Association BLS

Since the fortys, the American Heart Association (AHA) has used more than 3 billion dollars on research to increase the knowledge of heart diseases and stroke. This funding has produced significant results and important discoveries that have advanced the understanding of these diseases and options for treatment and prevention. The association also plays a significant role in educating cardiologists and the entire treatment team on important new information that comes from research. Through continuing education the cardiovascular medical community stays up to date with the latest advances in patient care, CPR, & First-aid.

Today more than 2,000 researchers and clinical investigators are receiving AHA funding to study a wide range of important areas. In previous years recipients have even included future Nobel Prize winners. There are many types of research being funded. Basic research helps to shed light on how these diseases develop and affect the heart, circulation and so many metabolic functions. Clinical research funding contributes to improving cardiovascular patients care. Changes in lifestyle, options for surgery, uses of existing and new treatments all need to be studies to improving patient outcomes. Today, the American Heart Association CPR programs continue the heritage of research support and assistance to physicians entering the field of cardiology. They offer these training courses in Rancho Cordova and other cities around Sacramento

The impact of lifestyle on cardiovascular health has been studied for decades. The role of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis are well understood and there are now therapies to address these cardiovascular risk factors. Physicians have lifestyle management and educational tool to help patients and their families play a more active role in their care. The American Heart Association is an important partner with the medical community and patients to change the course of cardiovascular health in the United States.

The AHA also plays a valuable role in continuing medical education for its more than 27,000 professional members. Physicians and professional care teams must continuously educate themselves in order for advances in research and cardiovascular medicine to reach their patients. The association offers professional members live training classes in Sacramento and surrounding towns and has many active state chapters. Web-based education programs are offered to accommodate busy schedules. And the association holds as many as eight medical conferences each year where professional members can meet, listen to experts, take educational BLS programs and talk with colleagues. In addition to these many educational options, professional members can join councils that are part of the AHA organization. These16 councils address individual specialty areas that allow professional members to match their interests and be part of a national network.

The American Heart Association has been funding important cardiovascular and stroke research for 65 years. That research has added significantly to the medical field. The organization’s commitment to education helps bring these research findings to the attention of physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Seven First Aid Training Myths

First-aid Certification Class in Sacramento

American Heart Association First-aid

Accidents will happen – that is unavoidable. What people can do is to make sure that they are prepared to handle any accidents that can conceivably come up. However, there are a lot of first aid myths out there that can cause more harm than good. They may have come from old wives’ tales, rumors, or a tragic misapplication of common sense, but those myths are out there.

    • “Burns can be treated with butter or cream.” This is tragically inaccurate. Butter or cream might feel nice for a little bit due to how cold it feels, but the oil in them will trap the heat and make things worse. Infections can also result from applying foodstuffs to burns. It is better to put the afflicted area under still and cool water to remove heat
  • “If you have a nosebleed, tilt your head back.” Tilting your head back during a nosebleed doesn’t do anything productive. All it does is let blood flow down your throat, which can result in choking or vomiting, if it gets to be stomach. Tilting it forward and pinching your nose is far more beneficial.
    • “Only trained personnel can properly perform first aid.” Untrue – first aid can be used by anyone. Most of the time, people just need to know what to do, and in many cases, all that is required is some common sense. Don’t move a broken bone. If someone is vomiting, make them lie on his or her side to make sure that no choking occurs. For slightly more complex situations, there are plenty of guides available online. A few minutes brushing up on your first aid could potentially save a life. However, the American Heart Association recommends taking a certified CPR and First-aid course in Sacramento so you can be well prepared.
    • Sucking the snake venom out of a wound with your mouth will save someone.” Snake poisons contain hemotoxic and myotoxic venom. The former destroys red blood cells, and the latter will cause paralysis. Both will severely damage muscles and tissue, as they are meant to aid in the digestion of the afflicted. Trying to suck it with your mouth out might only result in two people being poisoned, at best. However, there are devices that are meant to suction poison from a wound.
    • “Specific equipment is required for a proper application of first aid.” Nope. While proper equipment or a well-stocked first aid kit would help, in most situations people don’t need equipment to help someone out.
    • “Urinating on a jellyfish sting will help.” Not only is urinating on a sting awkward, it might not even help. Depending on your diet, your urine may or may not be acidic – and it is only helpful if it is acidic enough. To lessen awkwardness and to make sure that the sting is treated, just go with vinegar.
  • “Putting wounds under running water will help.” Running water only washes away the body’s efforts to clot the wound, resulting in further bleeding. It’s better to create pressure on the wound to slow down or stem the bleeding.

Anyone can perform basic first aid if they know what to do, and what not to do. Knowing whether something is fact or fiction will help people respond appropriately in case an accident or mishap occurs. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association in Sacramento provide official CPR and First-aid Certification courses to the public at low prices. Learn from the experts and take a training course.

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