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Becoming an AHA advocate to combat two diseases the world needs: heart disease and stroke

Become an AHA advocate to combat two world diseases
Become an AHA advocate to combat two world diseases

Andre Scott is a youth advocate and blog writer for the American Heart Association. We should learn CPR for the benefit of our loved ones, as well as the community at large. There is always a demand for CPR manikins and kits to educate our generation about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

The sudden loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have heart disease is known as cardiac arrest. It may appear unexpectedly or follow other symptoms. If the right actions aren't done right away, cardiac arrest frequently results in death.

In the US, there are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests reported by EMS each year. Survival after a cardiac arrest hinges on receiving CPR right away from someone close. About 90% of persons who experience cardiac arrests outside of a hospital pass away, according to the AHA. A cardiac arrest victim's chances of life can be doubled or tripled by CPR, particularly if it is administered quickly.

When performing CPR in an emergency, you will probably be attempting to save the life of a loved one.

There are two basic AHA training one can attend to obtain to become CPR certified. The Heartsaver CPR training is intended for everyone and the BLS CPR training is for medical professionals.

On October 20, 2021, AHA representatives visited André's high school, Atascocita High School, and gave away life-saving CPR manikins and kits. The school will be able to teach CPR to the students on campus and prepare the professors and students for any life-threatening situations, such as unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, and/or loss of breathing, with the help of these CPR kit contributions in two red duffel bags (apnea).

His high school will be able to provide second chances to persons in our community who have sudden cardiac arrest with the help of our Health Science teachers on campus, who instruct students on how to conduct CPR.

He was really concerned about heart disease and stroke reports, so he knew this fantastic donation that had been sent his way would help save many lives for years to come.

He was able to snap pictures with his school's principal, the two CPR duffel bags, and the American Heart Association personnel to exhibit our school pride and tell you guys more about this event because of his advocacy work with the AHA. We appreciate the American Heart Association and all of our CPR instructors for giving our neighborhood a second opportunity. He urges you to learn CPR by following these simple guidelines:

Call 911. The person on the other end of the phone can help you while also dispatching the necessary emergency assistance.

A song can save a life. Examples of songs are "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash, "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé, and "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. When trained to the beat of a well-known song, people are more comfortable conducting Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to recall the proper pace. You should apply pressure to the chest during CPR at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which matches the beat of the mentioned songs.

Consider learning to save a life. The AHA advises everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step after learning hands-only CPR since it is a natural introduction to CPR.

Did you know that the American Heart Association pushed for and Texas lawmakers approved CPR in Schools legislation in 2013? - John Zerwas, a former representative, introduced House Bill 897, which mandated that all Texans students complete "hands-on" instruction with a manikin before they graduate from high school.

The bill also permits cooperation with EMS, hospitals, fire departments, etc. to offer manikins in addition to the training. The course may also be taught by any instructor or staff member of the school district without a qualification. What a cool thing!

Like me, become an AHA advocate! to combat the two diseases that the world needs most: heart disease and stroke.


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