Cardiac arrests at home likely to rise; June 1 – 7 is CPR & AED Awareness Week

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Call 911 if having heart attack

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — According to the American Heart Association, since more Americans are spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds of cardiac arrests occurring at home are likely to increase. The American Heart Association is urging people to learn CPR during CPR and AED Awareness Week.

CPR and AED Awareness week runs from June 1 – 7. According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, with about 70% happening in homes.

If someone in your household suffers from cardiac arrest and needs CPR, you can perform Hands-Only CPR. Follow these two steps:

  1. If a teen or an adult in your home suddenly collapses, call 911 immediately.
  2. Place one hand on top of the other as shown in the video and push hard and fast on the victim’s chest. If you’re performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. The American Heart Association advises following the beat of songs including “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line,” by Johnny Cash.

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