Hilton Head Hospital and the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division will host events this week to educate people about how to recognize and respond quickly to heart attacks.
The event is part of National EMS Week.
Instructors from the hospital and the fire department will teach a free basic-CPR training course from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital's board room. The course will cover adult, child and infant CPR and choking; an automated external defibrillator demonstration; and advice on when to call 911.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-877-582-2737. Those who cannot make the class can call Cinda Seamon of the Fire & Rescue Division at 843-682-5141 to arrange to participate in a make-up course in June or July.
A Heart Attack Awareness Day event will highlight the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. It is set for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the hospital. It will include a demonstration of AED and File of Life information, along with a program by Dr. Robert Clodfelter, medical director of the emergency department at the hospital, on how to recognize a heart attack.
Attendees will be asked to pledge to learn the early signs and symptoms of heart attacks, share information about early heart attack care and call 911 if they see someone they suspect could be having one. Taking the pledge comes with a free gift while supplies last, according to the release.
Light refreshments will be served.