Each year in the month of February, the United States government recognizes national Heart Month as a time to raise awareness about heart health and cardiovascular disease. This month is a good time to reflect on how well-prepared you and your loved ones are in case of an emergency like cardiac arrest.
Heart Health Facts
Each year, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation offers a summary of the annual report titled Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2022 Update. Focusing on OHCA arrest, just a few of the latest statistics from the report show:
- The majority of OHCA’s occur at a home or residence (74%). Public settings (15%) and nursing homes (11%) were the second and third most common locations.
- Cardiac arrest was witnessed by a bystander in 37% of cases, and an EMS provider in 13% of cases. It was unwitnessed in 50% of cases.
- Bystander CPR by laypeople was initiated in 41% of the OHCAs.
Commit to CPR Training in February
Training in CPR, AED, and First Aid is widely available for businesses, in your community, and even remotely from the comfort of your own home.
Learn more about how you can start an emergency care program in your workplace or expand your existing one.
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