Cardiac Arrest

About Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease. It can come on suddenly or in the wake of other symptoms. Cardiac arrest is often fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately. 

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

Join Damar in taking 3 simple steps to support CPR education and training, research and other lifesaving programs. You can help save lives today.

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Take the CPR Challenge To Save Lives

Nearly 3 out of 4 cardiac arrests that don't happen in hospitals, happen in homes. You can help change this statistic. Join American Heart Association's challenge to the be the one in your household to learn CPR. Be the beat for someone you love.

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Support That Empowers

Recovery becomes so much more manageable when you have the right kind of emotional support. Our online community of patients, survivors and caregivers is here to keep you going no matter the obstacles. We’ve been there, and we won’t let you go it alone.

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Watch, Learn and Live

See your cardiovascular system in action with our interactive illustrations and animations.

Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR can be as effective as CPR with breaths. Learn how to save a life in 60 seconds.

2 STEPS to save a life