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Learn CPR To Help Someone During Cardiac Emergency

World Health Day 2013 focuses on high blood pressure.

World Health Day is Sunday, April 7 and this year’s focus is on high blood pressure which affects a large part of the world’s population.

World Health Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.

High blood pressure is a common medical condition that typically develops over many years and increases someone’s risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

According to WHO, almost half of the world’s population had raised blood pressure by age 25 or over in 2008 and more than 17 million people died from cardiovascular disease. There are steps people can take to reduce their chance for high blood pressure like reducing their use of salt and eating a balanced diet, avoiding overuse of alcohol, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.

LEARN CPR AND AED SKILLS Another step people should consider is taking American Red Cross training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be ready to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. 

The classes emphasize hands-on learning and give someone the skills they need to help save a life. There are different classes available, ranging from training for the individual to classes for professional rescuers. All courses align with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs and are available in classroom and blended learning formats. Certifications are good for two years and people can refresh their skills online. A series of web-based courses are also available for people who don’t need certification.

FIRST AID APP People can also download the free Red Cross first aid app for mobile devices. The app puts information on how to respond to everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips and includes videos, interactive quizzes and step-by-step advice. The first aid app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.