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Learn to save a life during CPR Week

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., so learning how to perform CPR could save someone's life.   

It's CPR Week, and Jennifer Stedman, a CPR Trainer at CPR Madison and a volunteer with the American Heart Association, says it's an important time to teach others about getting CPR trained.

"This week is the opportunity to for us to use every resource that we have available to us, and just make sure that message is reaching as broad an audience possible," Stedman said.

Stedman says there are plenty of local CPR training centers using American Heart Association guidelines, including CPR Madison. You can also click here to find a class.

If you haven't been trained, but you find yourself in an emergency where someone could use CPR, Stedman says to first call 911, and then perform Hands-Only CPR.

Her husband, Che Stedman, a Madison EMS director, says to perform this kind of CPR, just push the chest at a rate of at least 100 beats per minute. He says an easy way to remember this is to remember any song that is 100 beats per minute, like the classic disco hit Stayin' Alive.

The Stedmans joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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