CPR training

A woman performs chest compressions on a mannequin during an outside CPR training session

Learn to save a life

CPR training teaches life-saving skills to help you respond in a cardiac emergency.

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Heartsaver® CPR AED +

Heartsaver is the essential CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) course.

Our short, foundational resuscitation program focuses on practical skills and knowledge that will help you to respond confidently and effectively in a cardiac arrest emergency. 

Our program is geared to students with little or no medical training – making it ideal for you if your job requires you to learn life-saving techniques for the workplace or if you’re simply interested in developing these critical skills.

First Aid +

Our First Aid courses are designed for people who want to learn essential life-saving skills to better respond to emergencies at home or at work. Our First Aid courses prepare learners through instruction, demonstration and practice. Equip yourself with the knowledge and abilities needed for common health emergencies. 

CardiacCrashTM +

CardiacCrash™ is Heart & Stroke's new, award-winning resuscitation program that introduces life-saving techniques in a fun, engaging and memorable way.

Our short, fast-paced program uses an interactive, gamified approach and a true-to-life scenario to teach foundational hands-only CPR and AED skills to workplaces and schools.

Teams compete for points by answering questions correctly and winning their group’s hands-only CPR practice session. The facilitator of CardiacCrash™ monitors the quality of the CPR performed and determines the winner of each session.

To learn how to get the workplace version and/or the school version of CardiacCrash™ or how to become a facilitator, email us: cardiaccrash@heartandstroke.ca

COVID-19 vaccination statement +

Heart & Stroke strongly recommends that all resuscitation instructors and their students be fully vaccinated in order to create the safest possible teaching and learning environment. Heart & Stroke requires that each credentialled instructor create and implement their own COVID-19 vaccination policy and make it easily accessible to students prior to course registration to help students make an informed decision about their resuscitation education. 

Courses for healthcare professionals
Basic Life Support (BLS) +

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives. It is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings or by people in a healthcare training program.

Basic Life Support teaches single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both pre-hospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.

It will train you to quickly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED through simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) +
This also includes ACLS for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP).

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is the pre-eminent resuscitation course for the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This advanced course builds on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills and takes healthcare provider training to the next level. 

Learners can expect practice and training in high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, immediate post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes. 

Learn to become a practiced and strong member or lead an ACLS team with this important training program.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) +

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is an advanced resuscitation course for the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies in pediatric patients. 

This advanced-level course builds on skills learned in a Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider course and/or a Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) Provider course. 

Designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of critically ill pediatric patients, learners will apply their BLS skills as well as expect practice and training in a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, treatment algorithms and high-performance teams to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children. Become a practiced and strong member or lead a PALS team with this important training program.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) +

The Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) Provider course is an intermediary pediatric skills course that builds on BLS concepts and can be a stepping stone towards certification in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). 
PEARS equips healthcare providers who periodically care for pediatric patients with foundational skills to participate in the initial management of respiratory and shock emergencies, and cardiopulmonary arrest. PEARS is designed for healthcare providers and first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including rural health centres, schools, or large urban health centres with diverse ranges in scope of practice among staff. 

Active case-based instruction will be used to teach students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes after response until the child is transferred to advanced life support care.

Professionals: Find the latest science
2020 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) and First Aid +

Stay up to date on the latest resuscitation and first aid science, evaluated and summarized by an international panel of experts and then localized for Canada by Heart & Stroke.

Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) +

Help shape future scientific statements and treatment recommendations by reviewing and commenting on drafts.

How to save a life in 90 seconds

Do you have a couple of minutes? That's enough to learn the basics of CPR. Watch the short video below. Then, see how to use an AED

Doing CPR and using an AED on a person in cardiac arrest can double their chance of survival.

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