DALLAS, September 28, 2020 – Tomorrow, September 29, is World Heart Day, the annual recognition to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke worldwide. The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, encourages everyone to Use Heart to Save Lives and learn CPR, get a flu shot and donate to continue the fight against cardiovascular disease.

World Heart Day is about what you can do to get, and keep, hearts healthy. The American Heart Association, a founding member of World Heart Federation who sponsors the day, provides three specific ways you can protect the hearts that matter to you:

  • Learn CPR. During cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chances of survival if performed immediately. In fact, the Hands-Only CPR technique recommended by the American Heart Association can save lives and does not require the mouth-to-mouth breathing that many people associate with CPR.
  • Get A Flu Shot. As we face the potential “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19, flu vaccination this year is more important than ever, particularly for those with underlying health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.  
  • Donate. Now more than ever, the American Heart Associations needs your help to continue their core work fighting heart disease and stroke as it expands to confront COVID-19. Your gift today helps fund innovative research, CPR and cardiovascular care training for first responders, new breakthroughs such as the COVID-19 CVD Registry, and real community solutions for access to care, nutritious meals and daily financial relief. 

To learn more about World Heart Day, visit https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

For Media Inquiries: 214-706-1173

Tracie Bertaut, APR, Tracie.Bertaut@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

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