Learn CPR during CPR and AED Awareness Week

Each year, June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. Did you know about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse, or child.

More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the United States and 7 in 10 people in America say they feel powerless to act in the face of a cardiac emergency.

As a result, less than half of all people who need this lifesaving skill receive CPR from bystanders before professional help arrives.

During CPR and AED Awareness Week, we’re encouraging everyone to join the Nation of Lifesavers and be ready to step up for a loved one, neighbor, a friend, or a co-worker. Take steps today to learn Hands-Only CPR or sign up for a CPR training course in your community.

Hands-Only CPR has two simple steps, performed in this order:

Step 1: Call 911 immediately if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.

Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a song with 100 beats per minute (i.e., “Staying Alive”).

To learn more, visit https://www.heart.org/en/nation-of-lifesavers.

And to find a CPR training course near you, visit https://atlas.heart.org/home.

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