Quick facts:

  • Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
  • Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease. It can come on suddenly or in the wake of other symptoms. Cardiac arrest is often fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately.

Two steps to save a life.

Do you know Hands-Only CPR?

Hands-Only CPR, which involves only chest compressions, has emerged in recent years as an alternative to standard CPR, which involves both chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths.

The AHA included Hands-Only CPR in its 2015 guidelines to allow bystanders who don't know how to give rescue breaths – or are uncomfortable doing it – the option to provide only chest compressions until medical help arrives.

Did you know?

The AHA is the leader in resuscitation science, education, and training, and publisher of the official Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

Every second counts. Even in a pandemic, If you or a loved one experiences heart attack or stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. It's your best chance of surviving or saving a life.

Do you know the out-of-hospital chain of survival for cardiac arrest?

Click Here

CPR Facts and Stats

Click Here

Find a class near you.

Click Here

Be the Beat. The American Heart Association is committed to creating the Next Generation of Heartsavers™ through our Be the Beat and CPR in Schools programs. Learn more.

Have a healthy summer!

Just because it's heating up outside doesn't mean you should slow down. There are lots of ways to stay active during the summer months.

  • Check out these 25 ways on how to move more during summer.
  • School's out! -- Keep the kids active with these creative and fun ideas.
  • Some people are afraid to exercise after a heart attack. But regular physical activity can help reduce your chances of having another one. (check with your doctor of course.)
  • Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of heart-pumping physical activity per week? If not, you’re not alone. Only about one in five adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. You've got this!

More summer health tips for all families:

1. Identify free times for activity.

Keep track of each family member’s daily activities for one week. You’ll get a snapshot of when you might be able to get the family together for physical activity. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on.

Pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots for family activity time. Weekdays are usually better for 30-minute activities and weekends are better for 60-minute activities. Try to spread out the time slots. Here are some ideas to get your kids moving that parents can join in.

2. Plan a weekly menu and prep your meals.

Keep track of how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Once you find blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it’ll be easier to learn healthy preparation methods and fix healthy snacks while also using shelf-stable foods.

3. Simplify your family’s schedule.

In today’s society we’re expected to do it all. But this type of non-stop lifestyle isn’t sustainable or healthy. Try prioritizing your activities and see what you can do without so you’ll have more time for the things that matter. You can also work on ways to manage stress.

4. Take baby steps, not giant leaps.

If you’re the head of your household, making sure that all the heads and hearts in your home are healthy is a lot to handle. The key is to take baby steps. Getting healthy is a journey; you don’t have to do everything at once.

5. Ask everyone in the family to do their part.

Depending on their ages, kids can help prepare healthy meals and help around the house. Treat your family like a team and encourage everyone to work together.

6. Live by example.

Important dates in June

6/1-6/7- CPR Week

6/6- National Cancer Survivors Day

6/14- Flag Day, World Blood Donor Day

6/20- Father's Day

6/14-6/21- Men's Health Week

6/14- World Blood Donor Day

6/19- World Sickle Cell Day