Start the Heart Foundation to Teach Free Hands-
Only CPR at the Louisville Mountain Bike short
Louisville, KY: More than 750 people die suddenly from cardiac arrest in Louisville each year. Less than one in 10 survive. A critical step in surviving cardiac arrest is having someone nearby who recognizes the signs and can administer CPR.
The Start the Heart Foundation since it’s inception 1 month ago has taught over 1300 citizens in Louisville hands only CPR. On Wednesday, June 18th from 5:00-6:30 pm, interns with the Start the Heart Foundation, who are pre-medical students at the University of Louisville, will be teaching hands only CPR at the Louisville Mtb Short Track Series at Eva Bandman Park off of River Road.
The Louisville Mtb Short Track Series is in its 6th year and epitomizes bluegrass roots racing by providing mountain bike races for every level of cyclist. Short track Mtb racing consists of short, fast intense efforts with multiple laps on a course that is spectator friendly.
Start the Heart Foundation aims to harness the power of education and goodwill to improve survival of cardiac arrest, especially in high-risk, underserved areas. Bystander CPR triples the chance of survival in cardiac arrest. Yet, in Louisville, only one in four victims of cardiac arrest receives the benefit of bystander CPR. “We can do better. We will do better. The key is education,” Dr. Dillon said.
“Combining these two health promoting organizations seems like a natural partnership.” says Dr. Dillon. A press conference will be held at 6:00 at Eva Bandman Park to provide further information about this exciting health initiative.
For more information about Start the Heart Foundation and scheduling free hands-only CPR classes, visit www.starttheheartfoundation.org
About Start the Heart Foundation:Start the Heart Foundation is a Louisville-based non-profit educational outreach program aimed at increasing the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims in the Greater Louisville area. Founded in 2014 by William Dillon, MD, FACC, Start the Heart Foundation teaches hands-only CPR training at no cost to the community. Start the Heat Foundation thanks Baptist Health, Norton Healthcare and the Republic Bank Foundation for their support.