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Learn how to save a life during National Heart Month

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Someone who knows how to respond to an emergency is an asset to every community

With heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States, if called upon, could you save someone’s life?

Sudden cardiac arrest affects more than 300,000 people annually in the U.S. Although many people die from this unexpected heart dysfunction, studies show that using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save lives.

February is National Heart Month, and the American Red Cross urges Americans to learn CPR and get the training and skills necessary to operate an AED.

“The chance for survival for a person in cardiac arrest is reduced by about ten percent for each minute that defibrillation is delayed, so CPR and AEDs can literally be a matter of life and death,” said Richard N. Bradley, MD, Chair of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council’s Resuscitation Sub-Council. “Someone who knows how to respond to an emergency is an asset to every household, workplace and community,” said Bradley.

The Red Cross provides a diversity of both online and in-class training courses on how to respond to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. This includes preforming CPR, utilizing an AED, going to the aid of someone choking, and many more.

The Red Cross also provides step by step instructions and video animations on how to respond to different first aid scenarios. These are available on the Red Cross First Aid App, and are free to download.

Go online, find the training, and encourage everyone in your family to get trained in CPR. The life you save might be your own.