By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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More people in China will soon be able to learn to give CPR, use an automated external defibrillator and deliver first aid by taking American Heart Association training.

The Chinese public will be able to learn the life-saving skills through the AHA’s first international training center in Beijing to serve this population, according to an announcement made Thursday by the China Social Assistance Foundation and AHA at the 27th International Great Wall Conference on Cardiology in Beijing.

The announcement marks a significant step forward in advancing CPR training and cardiovascular science sharing between the two countries, according to a news release.

At the Beijing training center, AHA faculty from China will train a team of instructors from the CSAF who will deliver CPR training around the country. The organization will promote the training through awareness campaigns.

Medical professionals will also be able to train, although the AHA already offers professional-level training throughout China.

Cardiovascular disease is an increasing and devastating health threat to China. About 230 million Chinese have cardiovascular disease. Every year there are about 544,000 deaths from cardiac arrest in China, much more than other countries.

Immediate CPR by someone nearby can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Fewer than 1 percent of Chinese who have a cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting survive, compared to about 12 percent in the United States.

In May 2015, the AHA and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China signed a formal agreement for their countries to share CPR training and cardiovascular disease science, which includes training more people in China.

“The AHA international training center will be the hub of an in-depth cooperation between China and international organizations in health science and technology to find ways in reducing the danger and burden of cardiovascular disease in China,” said Jin Xiaoming, director general of MOST, in a news release.

“In close collaboration, we will share the best and brightest solutions in both countries to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Mark Creager, M.D., director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in news release. “We hope that soon we will see at least 10 percent of China’s population trained in CPR.”