Last month, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who wears jersey number 3, suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 24-year-old Hamlin was administered CPR on the field; a medical intervention that ultimately saved his life.
CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
Of the nearly half a million people suffering a cardiac arrest every year, only 40% receive CPR.
We can improve rates of survival if we all commit to learning CPR and familiarize ourselves with the location of an AED in our work and public spaces.
Following his recovery, Damar Hamlin created his #3forHeart™ CPR Challenge.
- Step one, go to heart.org/3 to watch a short video to learn hands-only CPR.
- Step two, donate to the American Heart Association to fund CPR awareness and education.
- And step three, challenge three friends to do the same.
Damar’s three are NBA star LeBron James and NFL quarterback Tom Brady, as well as the former first lady Michelle Obama.
In addition to learning CPR, you can reduce your overall risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
Today, accept the Damar Hamlin #3forHeart™ CPR Challenge and tag your three. Then tomorrow, wear red on Go Red for Women Day and make a commitment to improving your own heart health and increase women’s heart health awareness.
Then, save the date for the 2023 Northwest Florida Heart Ball, rebranded to “Dinner on the Grounds,” on May 11, 2023, at 5eleven Palafox. For more information on sponsorship or to buy tickets, contact emeraldcoastFL@heart.org
The Pulse challenges Visit Pensacola’s Nicole Stacy, Pensacola Fire Chief Ginny Cranor, and Fred Robbins of Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood to take the #3forHeart™ CPR Challenge and to Go Red for Women. Take a picture tomorrow wearing red and post it to social media using the hashtags #localpulse and #3forheart.
Who are your three? Tag them below.