Go Red for Women | American Heart Month 2014

Each February, the American Heart Association put hearts in the spotlight by celebrating American Heart Month.  In the US alone, over 350,000 people die each year from Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA), with around a 9% survival rate. 

By helping to improve the implementation of the Chain of Survival, we can help to improve survival rates of OHCA, as without CPR, the chance of survival drops by 7 – 10% per minute.   Disseminating CPR training to the general public is therefore crucial in helping save more lives.

One place which is really taking this challenge on board is Albany County, NY.  They are celebrating American Heart Month with free CPR training sessions. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says “We know that CPR saves lives. Our EMS personnel have much greater success when they arrive on a scene and CPR has been started.” (Quoted in Troy Record, 02/02/14)

  Credit: Mike McMahon, The Record

Hundreds of students at local schools have already been trained in the first week of American Heart Month.  Youssef Elasser, above left, a student at Shaker High School, learns to do hands-only CPR with fellow students using MiniAnne. 

Michelle Haller survived a cardiac arrest in 2009 because she received CPR.  “The rate of survival is dependent on the number of people in the community who know CPR,” she says. “CPR is the first link in the chain of survival, if there isn’t anyone that starts CPR, the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest are almost zero.” (Quoted in Troy Record, 02/02/13)

Find out more about American Heart Month here.