CPR, First Aid and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Around the World
The American Heart Association (AHA) publishes the scientific Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), which form the foundation of lifesaving protocols used by healthcare professionals, companies and hospitals in the United States and throughout the world.
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Together, We Save Lives
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The AHA partners with leading heart and health organizations around the world to gather and review resuscitation science and publish the AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, which serves as the basis for products that bring that lifesaving science to life. Taught by a network of 400,000 AHA Instructors and available in more than 12 languages, AHA CPR, first aid and advanced cardiovascular care training materials help 18 million healthcare providers, caregivers and community members save lives each day.
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Heart Health – Information for All

As a science-based organization that cares about public health, we are following the most conservative guidelines available among leading global, national, state, and local public health authorities regarding closures and large gatherings related to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. We are working to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have an increased risk for adverse outcomes with COVID-19. Here are some helpful resources for health systems, clinics, care providers, patients and the public.

Additionally, we want to provide additional information about this public health threat as it relates to CPR training being implemented throughout your area. Please review the resources and guidelines located here.

Resource pages are written in English with translated documents available. 

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From the Heart
"We feel we can do better, we feel we can be the difference by training thousands of persons in Basic, Advance and Pediatric life support with the quality and rigor from American Heart Association courses."
Pedro Caldeira, 41
RN, Ocean Medical Faculty, Portugal
"In a recent course, a student who was renewing their provider Heartsaver first aid course, told me "with what I learned last time, I could have saved my wife who was choking".
Fabian Gelpi, 41
American Heart Association Instructor, Argentina
“We train Basic, Advanced and Pediatric courses under the American Heart Association with constant, encouraging recognition from our candidates. We trust the quality, scientific studies and well-structured course content provided by AHA. Our goal is to provide high quality and effective resuscitation training to candidates”
Dr. Vincent W.T. Ho, 41
Director of Caritas Medical Centre Resuscitation Training Centre (CMCRTC). Hong Kong
"The Portuguese "Republican National Guard (GNR)" now uses the Guidelines of American Heart Association for military basic life support training of all operatives and advanced life support for its healthcare nurses and doctors. In that way our police can serve and protect the population in expanded ways, providing the most up to date care in safety and security."
Capt. Ricardo Gomes, 41
GNR, Portugal