According to the American Heart Association, 70% of cardiac arrests happen at home — away from the help of doctors or nurses.
Your actions in those first few moments can mean the difference between life and death. Knowing how to administer CPR effectively could save the life of your partner, parent, or child.
More than ever, it's important that we're all prepared to respond in the event of an emergency. Every year, June 1-7 is designated as CPR/AED Awareness Week to remind people that every second counts and stress the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED. So whether you’ve been certified in the past or looking to learn CPR for the first time, now is a good time to brush up your skills.
Follow these tips and you could save a life:
- Know how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack.
- Remember that the symptoms of a heart attack can look different for women, and may be more difficult to recognize.
- If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Doctors stress that even during COVID-19, it’s important that you don't hesitate to seek medical attention, and knthat emergency rooms are prepared to safely treat non-COVID patients.
- Take 90 seconds to learn hands-only CPR.
- Learn CPR online on your schedule with a training course from the Red Cross.
- If you have an AED at home or work, make sure it is in good working order. Here’s how to inspect your AED.
- Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week to keep your heart healthy. If you don’t have access to a gym, use water jugs or soup cans as makeshift weights. Or, go for a walk!
- Cook with heart-healthy, shelf-stable foods like canned tuna, brown rice, quinoa, dried beans and legumes, and no salt added canned vegetables. Try one of these heart-healthy recipes while you’re stuck at home!
- Download and share these free information sheets on COVID-19 bystander CPR for adults and children.
- Use the hashtag #CPRsaveslives on your social media channels.