Avera hosts 'Hearty Party' CPR challenge at Hy-Vee

Published: Aug. 4, 2018 at 8:39 PM CDT
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The first ever ‘Hearty Party’ was held in Sioux Falls Saturday.

“We're teaching people how to respond to an adult or teen that would suddenly collapse,” Avera Heart Hospital Patient Care Tech Mary Houska said.

Healthcare professionals from the Avera Heart Hospital were stationed outside and throughout the isles of the Minnesota Avenue Hy-Vee Saturday teaching hands only CPR and why it’s so important for everyone to learn.

“If an adult or a teen collapse and help is not provided to them right away, studies show that 90 percent of those people without any help before ambulance arrival, will die, so it very much increases their chance of survival if that bystander knows and starts at least hands only CPR,” Houska said.

This Hearty Party also included booths with information about heart healthy snacks and meals and other things everyone can do to keep their heart beating strong.