Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. About 40 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and just over nine out of 10 do not survive, according to AHA statistics. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
Where you live matters! People who live in African-American, Hispanic, and lower-income neighborhoods are more likely than others to die from a cardiac arrest. In fact, African-Americans and Hispanic cardiac arrest victims are also 30% less likely to have someone stop and perform CPR.
What is the AHA Doing?
for targeted CPR education
Phase 2: Implement
Work with local high-risk
neighborhood residents to implement a train-the-trainer
CPR educational program.
Phase 3: Track
Track your results to see
the numbers of people
trained and the health impact
on your community.
- American Stroke Association - FAST Hands-Only CPR Handout (English) PDF
- American Stroke Association - FAST Hands-Only CPR Handout (Spanish) PDF
- Denver Hands-Only Program Report PDF
- The HANDDS program: a systematic approach for addressing disparities in the provision of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- Multiple cluster analysis for the identification of high-risk census tracts for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Denver, Colorado.
- Disparities in bystander CPR provision and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest according to neighborhood ethnicity.
- Availability and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation information for Spanish-speaking population on the Internet.
- Barriers and facilitators to learning and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in neighborhoods with low bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation prevalence and high rates of cardiac arrest in Columbus, OH.
- American Heart Association Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level, 2013 update: a scientific statement for public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and health policy makers.
- Increasing cardiopulmonary resuscitation provision in communities with low bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation rates: a science advisory from the American Heart Association for healthcare providers, policymakers, public health departments, and community leaders.
- Executive summary: heart disease and stroke statistics--2014 update: a report from the American Heart Association.
- Association of neighborhood characteristics with bystander-initiated CPR.
- “CPR lessons expand to minority, low-income US communities: Providing assistance where needed most.” Nation’s Health. American Public Health Association.