Connecticut is encouraged to learn CPR and Wear Red during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day is February 3rd.
Let’s all GO RED to raise awareness of women’s heart health!

We are some ways that we can all Go Red!

Wear Red: Wear a favorite red outfit or accessory on February 3.

Share Support on Social: Inform followers why you’re wearing red (with hashtags: #WearRedDay + #WearRedAndGive) and encourage them to visit to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

Share information About “Hands-Only” CPR: This Heart Month the American Heart Association is calling on at least one person in every household to know the simple, life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Encourage everyone to accept the Be the Beat Challenge this month and learn “hands-only” CPR at

Share How to Get a Free Heart Health Screening: CVS Health, a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women is offering free heart health screenings at all CVS Pharmacy MinuteClinic® locations nationwide in February. Let your views, friends and family know about this free opportunity.

Take the CPR Challenge and Be the Beat for your family and community. The American Heart Association is challenging every household to have someone who knows CPR.

Check out this activation guide for more ways to GO RED!

According to American Heart Association data, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital in the United States each year. During February – American Heart Month – the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives for all, is urging at least one person in every household to learn CPR or Hands-Only CPR.

CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival which is key since about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. And, because about 70% of cardiac arrests happen at home, odds are the person who needs CPR will be a family member or friend. Hands-Only CPR is quick and simple to learn and can be performed by any family member or bystanders.

The American Heart Association is honored and excited to be working with Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin for Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart CPR Challenge.

Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart is a social media-based challenge launched by Damar, with the support of the American Heart Association. #3forHeart is Damar’s personal call to action for everyone to learn CPR and pay it forward, after his own life was saved by CPR. Head to to take the challenge!

Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart CPR Challenge has 3 steps:

  1. Learn: Visit and watch the video to learn Hands-Only CPR.
  2. Give: Donate to the American Heart Association to fund CPR education and training, and other lifesaving programs and scientific research.
  3. Share: Challenge 3 friends by tagging them with #3forHeart on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn!

According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. All songs in our ‘Don’t Drop the Beat’ playlist are between 100 – 120 beats per minute, the same rate at which rescuers should perform compressions when administering CPR. The beat of any of several songs including “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line,” by Johnny Cash can “Be the Beat” to save a life.

Here are Additional Resources on CPR: