If your heart is stopping, a high school student from Utah might be able to save you – St George News

In this September 15, 2006 file photo, a person participates in American Red Cross CPR training in Washington. Beehive State high school students will have more than a diploma under their belt after graduation, as they are now required to complete CPR training as part of the state curriculum, a component of a sudden cardiac arrest initiative. In this September 15, 2006 file photo, a person participates in American Red Cross CPR training in Washington. Beehive State high school students will have more than a diploma under their belt after graduation, as they are now required to complete CPR training as part of the state curriculum, a part of sudden cardiac arrest initiative | Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari, Associated Press, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY – Beehive State high school students will have more than a diploma under their belt after graduation, as they are now required to complete CPR training as part of the state curriculum, a component of a statewide initiative to address sudden cardiac arrest.

SB192 was signed into law in March and provides funding and defines CPR training in state code as a requirement to be taught in all Utah high school health classes.

According to the American Heart Association, graduating classes of students trained in CPR are also important for Utah because heart disease is the leading cause of death among Utahns.

Jennifer Merback, spokeswoman for the Utah Division of the American Heart Association, said nearly 1,500 Utahns experience sudden cardiac arrest each year outside of a hospital, and about 10% of those survive.

“CPR on the side can mean the difference between life and death,” Merback said.

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Written by LOGAN STEFANICH, KSL.com.

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