Photo provided by Julie McLin -- Brittany Weaver, a registered nurse, teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills to Macy Walker at a recent ‘Keep the Beat’ community CPR training class. The next ‘Keep the Beat’ is set for Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church of St. Francisville.

Lane Regional Medical Center’s “Keep the Beat” Bystander CPR Training will teach life-saving skills needed to maintain vital blood flow to the brain and heart until an ambulance arrives.

The free training class will teach residents how to recognize and provide basic care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, according to a news release.

West Feliciana Parish Superintendent Hollis Milton will be on hand to share the story of his recent heart attack, the release said.

Anyone age 8 to 88 is invited to attend one of the two “Keep the Beat” sessions at 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church of St. Francisville, 12404 La. 10.

The free CPR event is sponsored by Lane RMC and Cardiovascular Institute of the South.

CPR facts provided by Lane RMC state:

Only 1 in 20 people know CPR, yet cardiovascular disease is the top killer in the country, claiming 2,400 lives each day.

About 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before they reach the hospital.

Brain death starts to occur within four to six minutes.

CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the brain until defibrillation can be administered.

Registration is required to attend this class. Visit or call (225) 658-4587.