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February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month

Download the CPR hands only card

VMH is encouraging the public to learn the American Heart Association’s “Hands Only CPR.”

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the United States.  89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.  

Since 80% of cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, learn these simple steps for performing Hands Only CPR to help save the life of someone you love:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the center of the person’s chest.
  • Begin compressions PUSHING HARD AND FAST IN THE CENTER OF THE CHEST. 
  • KEEP DOING COMPRESSIONS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.

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