Frequently asked questions
How long does a CPR course take?
It varies from course to course. Please refer to the list of classes for a full description. Classes typically range from 3-8 hours.
How long is my card good for?
All American Heart Association courses are good for 2 years. They expire the end of the month in which they were issued.
Can I be sued for performing CPR or first aid?
Many states have Good Samaritan Laws in place that protect those who render emergency care, to encourage individuals to help one another. Consult your local/state laws for actual interpretation.
What do CPR and AED stand for?
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is the skill needed when a person is in cardiac arrest to provide blood flow to the heart and brain.
AED stands for automated external defibrillator. It is a device used to shock the heart when in cardiac arrest.
What are the risks of being infected by a disease while giving CPR or first aid?
There is always a risk, however it is quite low. All courses offered stress the importance of using barrier devices and other protective equipment.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
Sudden severe onset of a headache, weakness or inability to move one side of the body or the other. Facial droop, slurred speech, and vision disturbance. Actions for any one experiencing the signs or symptoms should be to lie or sit quietly and call 911 right away.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Chest pain possibly spreading to the left or right arm, neck, jaw, or center of the back. Shortness of breath, heavy sweating and nausea. Actions for any one experiencing the signs or symptoms should be to lie or sit quietly and call 911 right away.