Why learn hands-only CPR?
One person dies every 36 seconds from heart disease. That’s 100 people every hour. But did you know 45% of patients receiving CPR during a cardiovascular event survive? There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring each year. Of the 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, around 70% happen in the home according to The American Heart Association. This means if you’re in a situation where someone needs CPR, it is more than likely a loved one, and his or her survival can be significantly impacted by immediately receiving hands-only CPR.
The steps for performing hands-only CPR for an adult differ from those of an infant or child, and should only be performed on ages 13 and up. Watch the videos below to learn how to provide life-saving care.
Could I or a loved one be at risk?
Knowing your risk for heart disease is crucial in maintaining a healthy heart. Family history, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all factors that can influence your heart’s health. The earlier you know which factors are at play, the quicker you can get them under control, decreasing your risk for a serious heart event. Start your journey toward a healthier heart by taking our free risk assessment to calculate your personal level of risk.
If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of a heart attack, call 911 before initiating any level of hands only CPR
A survivor’s perspective
What can I do to reduce my risk?
Heart attack prevention is important at any age. Simple adjustments to your lifestyle that can help reduce your risk include:
- Choosing water instead of juice or soda
- If you smoke, trying one less cigarette a day (or quitting completely)
- Increasing your exercise by one day per week
- Eating fruit in place of desert
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
Heart disease screenings can also save your life if you have:
- An irregular pulse
- Heart palpitations
- Chest discomfort
- Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal
- Unexplained leg pain or cramping, especially during exercise or walking
- Skin problems or discoloration on your legs and feet
- Poor nail growth