CPR Awareness Week
June 1st-7th is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death of adults in the United States and is THE leading cause of death in exercising young athletes. It is estimated that nearly 350,000 people every year suffer sudden cardiac arrest with a national survival rate of less than 7%. There is, however, some good news. The survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest in King County of Washington State is nearly 56% for witnessed sudden cardiac arrest. Why the big gap? The simple answer is YOU!
Approximately 75% of King County citizens are trained in CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). A victim’s chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is nearly triple when a bystander starts CPR and their chances are even greater than that when an AED is applied and used for those who need it. The number of AEDs placed in accessible public locations is growing. They can be found in airports, schools, stadiums, shopping malls and other facilities. They are often identified by a sign bearing a red heart with a lightning bolt.
If you witness a sudden cardiac arrest in an adult or teen, time is of the essence. Here are the key steps to take:
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system (call 911)
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Basic and advanced emergency medical services
- Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care
Source: The American Heart Association
Program Highlights and AED Donations/Donors
The Hope is proud to offer our community the Heart Restart program, an outreach and education program that raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and provides skill-based training on how to do hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This program focuses on the importance of being prepared to recognize sudden cardiac arrest and empowered to act in an emergency. Since 2014, The Hope has equipped 23 community sites with AEDs and has reached more than 25,000 individuals through grassroots outreach and education.
Special thanks to the following donors that helped us make our community safer:
Dan and Cari Wall
Lenny Wilkens Foundation
Nick Kaschik Foundation
The Kelley Family
Interested in hosting a CPR/AED refresher course for your team? Contact our Heart Restart Manager, Jaclyn Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Health Week - June 12 – 18, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 321,000 men in 2013—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths. Making heart-healthy choices is the best way to avoid heart disease and its complications. Half of all men who suddenly die from heart disease have shown no symptoms prior to their death. Just because you do not have any symptoms does not mean you are not at risk.
The good news is that heart disease can be preventable. Here are some health tips to share with the men in your lives.
- Choose healthy meal and snack options
- Aim for your target calorie intake
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (1 serving equals a small apple)
- Limit salt or sodium in your diet
- Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
- It is recommended that adults exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
- Quitting will lower your risk for heart disease.
- Nonsmokers that are frequently around cigarette smoke are also at risk.
Lower blood pressure
- Normal blood pressure is below 120/80. High blood pressure can lead to heart problems.
- The only way to know is to get checked. You might be able to check it yourself at a local drug store.