The Heart and Stroke Foundation teams up with Detroit Red Wings' Jiri Fischer to support CPR month in Canada

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation is partnering
with Detroit Red Wings' Jiri Fischer, the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple
Leafs hockey clubs to launch a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) awareness
campaign in November.
    On November 21st, 2005, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer's heart
stopped on the team's bench during the first period of a game against the
Nashville Predators. The team physicians, led by Dr. Tony Colucci performed
CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart,
an act that saved the life of the 25 year old Czech.
    Two years later, Jiri has not yet been able to resume his NHL playing
career - but is happy simply to be alive. He recognizes that he was fortunate
that trained staff were on-hand at the Joe Louis Arena to administer
life-saving CPR. As a result, Jiri has joined forces with the Heart and Stroke
Foundation, and is a tireless proponent of CPR training and the installation
of defibrillators in hockey arenas and public buildings across Canada.
    According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, there are between 35,000
and 45,000 cases of cardiac arrest each year in Canada. The odds of survival
for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are approximately five per cent. With
each passing minute, the probability of survival declines by seven to 10
    "I'm proud to work with The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the National
Hockey League to promote awareness of the need for both CPR training and the
installation of life-saving AED machines in public places across Canada," said
Fischer. "Personnel trained in the use of CPR and AEDs saved my life - and
training and equipment will save others. That's why it's so important to
create cardiac-safe communities everywhere."
    Jiri Fischer will be making personal appearances at tonight's Calgary
Flames home game (Calgary vs Detroit) and on Saturday, November 17 when the
Leafs play the Senators.
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation is also the exclusive Canadian
distributor of the CPR Anytime(TM) Family&Friends(TM) kit; a new personal
learning program allowing families, friends and the general public to learn or
refresh the core skills of CPR for adults and children in just 20 minutes. The
kit contains a DVD, a personal inflatable CPR mannequin and an information
booklet. To order, log onto or call 1-888-LAERDAL.

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation (, a
volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke
and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its
application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

For further information:

For further information: Holly Roy, (780) 470-5300; Elissa Freeman,
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, (416) 489-7111x316

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