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Be The Beat

Bring the lifesaving impact of CPR to our communities and our homes.

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Black or Hispanic adults who experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting are substantially less likely to receive lifesaving care from a bystander. The American Heart Association is working to change this by empowering members of these communities to learn lifesaving Hands-Only CPR. During Black History Month and in conjunction with American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is encouraging people to “Be The Beat” for and in their communities by challenging every household or family to have at least one person who knows Hands-Only CPR.

Learn Hands-Only CPR to be the difference and save a life.

Take Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart™ CPR Challenge ❤️

CPR saves lives. Be the beat by joining Damar's simple CPR challenge to help save lives today.

Damar Hamlin
FACT: Women, Black, Hispanic and Latino people are less likely to receive bystander CPR.
Take 90 seconds

to learn how to save a life.
BE THE BEAT

Nearly 3
out of 4

cardiac arrests that happen outside a hospital happen at home.

About 90%

of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.
CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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Heart & Soul ERG Black History Month Celebration

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15  |  12 - 1:30 PM CST  |  ZOOM

You’re invited to attend our virtual event, Your Heart and Soul Beat as One. Join our engaging panelists, and learn how to “Be The Beat” in your workplace and community.

Check In & Check Up for Your Health with Sybil Wilkes

Thursday, February 16 at 6 PM CST

Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, a 2023 Go Red Real Woman, and the Divine 9 Sorority presidents join Sybil Wilkes to talk about why CPR should matter to Black Americans.

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