Saving lives is why! More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital each year in the US. However, only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Can you be counted on to perform Hands-Only CPR in an emergency? Take some time this summer to learn the life-saving skill.

Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival!


 Do you know the difference between a heart attack cardiac arrest?

 The term "heart attack" is often mistakenly used to describe cardiac arrest. While a heart attack may cause cardiac arrest and sudden death, the terms don't mean the same thing. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage that stops blood flow to the heart. A heart attack (or myocardial infarction) refers to death of heart muscle tissue due to the loss of blood supply, not necessarily resulting in the death of the heart attack victim.

Have you heard of Hands-Only CPR? Watch the video below to find out how you could help save a life with just two steps.

Use our Find a Course tool to locate an AHA Training Center in your area that offers classroom and skills sessions.

CPR in Schools:

  • Currently, 38 states and Washington, DC have now enacted statewide policies that require guideline based, Hands-Only CPR training in schools prior to graduation.
  • With the enactment of both statewide and community CPR policies, over 2.5 million students or 80 percent of all graduating students across the country will now be trained every year in quality CPR.

Dive into summer safety this season!

School’s out! Help yourself and your kids say safe, active, and healthy this summer as temperatures rise.


Summer is a great time to get some cool cardio by swimming laps or treading water. If you chose to brave the heat, it's important to always protect your heart. How much is too much?


  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours. Read our Staying Active in Warm Weather and Staying Hydrated - Staying Healthy.
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

Important Dates in June

6/1-6/7 - CPR Week

6/3-6/9-  Community Healthy Improvement Week

6/9 – Family Health and Fitness Day

6/11-6/17 – National Men’s Health Week

6/14 - Flag Day, World Blood Donor Day

6/14 - 6/21 Nursing Assistants Week

6/19 - Father’s Day