February is National Heart Month – Celebrate by Learning How You Can Save a Life!

February is a month long associated with the heart. With Valentines Day just around the corner millions will be celebrating their loved ones with flowers, cards and gifts. But did you know that February is also National Heart Month?  The American Red Cross asks you to celebrate this month by learning how you can save a life!

There are many ways the Red Cross can help you be prepared when life saving measures are needed:

Become CPR and AED trained

According to the Center for Disease Control 750, 000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and deaths from sudden cardiac arrest remain high.  However, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest increases through the use of CPR and the application of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Each year, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. die of sudden cardiac arrest”

Every minute defibrillation is delayed reduces the survival rate from cardiac arrest by 10%. With CPR and AED training you can be ready to recognize and respond with needed life saving measures. And becoming CPR and AED trained is easy. The Red Cross offers several classes on CPR and AED, as well as First Aid training and beyond. By going to http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/take-a-class you can find classes in your area, and check out many great training resources that you can use to become “Red Cross Ready”!

Donate Blood

Did you know that The American Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States? Every two seconds someone is in need of blood and just one pint can save the lives of three people! The Red Cross relies on its blood donations and by becoming a donor you too can help millions of people in need. And the Red Cross makes the process for donating safe and easy. Just call (702) 791-3311, or visit http://www.redcross.org/blood to learn more about the process for donating blood, as well as the next steps you can take to become a blood donor today.

Get the Red Cross First Aid App

The Red Cross First Aid App allows you to be Red Cross Ready at your fingertips! With step-by-step instructions, as well as videos and animations, you can have instant how-to access on First Aid, CPR and AED. The Red Cross First Aid App comes with lots of great preloaded content and you don’t need mobile service to access this life saving info. The app also features a hospital locator and includes a fully integrated 9-1-1 function for contacting EMS when needed. You can download the app for free from your mobile app store. You can also text “GETFIRST” to 90999, or get the app by visiting http://redcross.org/apps.


“Someone who knows how to respond to an emergency is an asset to every household, workplace and community”…Richard N. Bradley, MD. Chair of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council’s Resuscitation Sub-Council.


The American Red Cross asks you to join us in celebrating National Heart Month this February and to learn how you can save a life!


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