National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

September 15th is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! As part of our Heroes Saving Hearts/ Héroes Salvando Corazones CPR campaign, aimed at inspiring Hispanic-Latino communities to learn Hands-Only CPR, especially on women, the American Heart Association is proud to celebrate Hispanic-Latino heroes who are helping us save hearts and lives! English News Release | Spanish News Release


Hispanic Heritage Month - Laura B. Rodriquez

Meet Laura B. Rodriquez

A proud Mexicana, and BSN, she understands the importance of CPR firsthand.

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Laura learned CPR when she became a nurse. In 2006, Laura suffered a heart attack at her daughter's school, and CPR saved her life. Laura now works in an emergency medical department in Dallas and helps train others in CPR. Laura also loves working out, volunteering with the AHA, traveling with her family, and trying new challenges.

Heroes Saving Hearts with CPR | Héroes salvando corazones con RCP

American Heart Association CPR & First Aid


AHA Health Equity graphic

The American Heart Association's Diversity and Inclusion mission
is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities.

We're committed to ensuring that our workforce, workplace and mission have a shared impact across America's diverse populations.

Our Office of Health Equity includes:

  • Our Social Impact Fund, which invests in local entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to healthy lives.
  • The Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, is a national fund with a local investment focus supporting and investing in evidence-based, locally led solutions that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

Hands-Only CPR reenactment

CPR re-enactment photo - copyright American Heart Association


October 16th is World Restart a Heart Day!

World Restart a Heart Day is a global initiative to increase awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and to also increase actual bystander CPR rates worldwide by educating the public about learning Hands-Only CPR.

News: CPR education spans India for World Restart a Heart Day

Go to heart.org/handsonlycpr

Learn the 2 easy steps it takes to save a life

#WorldRestartAHeart Day. #CPRwithHeart



Brain illustration


World Mental Health Day is October 10th

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

How does depression affect the heart?

Thankfulness: How Gratitude Can Help Your Health

Practice mindful eating

Meditation to boost health and wellbeing

Can your pet help you be healthier?

FAST infographic


World Stroke Day is October 29th

By learning the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.

F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs are:

F for Face drooping

A for Arm weakness

S for Speech difficulty

T for Time to call 9-1-1

Visit Stroke.org to learn more about lowering your stroke risk.


Woman washing hands with soap

Global Handwashing Day is October 15th.

Flu season begins in October and typically runs until early to mid-spring.


Flu and Pneumonia prevention tips

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack details

Woman getting flu shot

International Infection Prevention Week is October 17th - 23rd.

Adults need shots, too: Find out which vaccines are important for heart health
The American Heart Association says it’s important for adults to get regular immunizations to stay heart-healthy.

Immunizations and heart health


AHA Life's Essential 8™ Circle graphic

October is Health Literacy Month and

National Health Education Week is the 18th-22nd

American Heart Association’s checklist to measure cardiovascular health, called Life’s Essential 8™, adds healthy sleep as essential for optimal cardiovascular health along with other health and lifestyle factors like nicotine exposure, physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

More October Calendar Highlights

Health Literacy Month | National Breast Cancer Awareness Month | National Dental Hygiene Month | Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month | National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month and

October 29 is World Stroke Day

October 3-9 - Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 4-8 - National Primary Care Week

October 7 - National Depression Screening Day

October 10 - World Mental Health Day | Columbus Day

October 15 - Global Handwashing Day | National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 16 - World Restart a Heart Day | World Food Day

October 17-23 - International Infection Prevention Week | National Healthcare Quality Week

October 18-22 - National Health Education Week

October 21 - National Check Your Meds Day

October 29 - World Stroke Day

October 31 - Halloween


FINAL SS2022 MEDIA REGISTRATION OPEN


Upcoming American Heart Association Scientific meetings:

Scientific Sessions 2022 Media Registration info - Nov. 5-7, 2022

Resuscitation Science Symposium 2022 - Nov. 5-6, 2022

View the full list and links to each of the accredited scientific meetings of the American Heart Association here.