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February is American Heart Month

Amanda Muscatell 22 February 2017

Statistically speaking, did you know that 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? This could be a parent, child, friend, or athlete.

The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963. At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. It’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The American Heart Association (AHA) invites you to take American Heart Month as an opportunity to get trained in the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR. To help get you started, they have created FREE resources for anyone to use. Simply visit Heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR to access these materials. If you’d like to take additional training, AHA offers multiple resources such as its CPR Anytime® Training Kits or the CPR in Schools Training Kit™ .

Join the AHA and its mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking everyone to please take a few minutes out of your day to learn a potentially lifesaving skill. In just 90 seconds, you can learn the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR by watching this video and sharing the link with your friends and co-workers.


Thank you for learning how to save a life!