Women Need CPR Too Infographic

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Women need CPR, too!

More and more people are surviving cardiac events – But not women.

Numbers tell the story.

In a 2017 study of more than 19,000 people who had cardiac events:

  • Only 39% of women received CPR from bystanders in public compared to 45% of men.
  • Men’s odds of surviving a cardiac event were 23% higher than women’s.


Women who have cardiac arrests are more likely to:

  • Have cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle
  • Have non-shockable rhythms that cannot be treated with an AED
  • Be older and live at home alone

Plus, a few common fears and myths may prevent them from getting help.

The Problems:

  • CPR plus Woman Symbol Equals Question Mark
  • Even in training environments, some people are less likely to use CPR or an AED on female avatars.


  • “I will be accused of inappropriate touching.”
  • “I will cause physical injury.”
  • “I will get sued if I hurt a woman.”


Many believe that women:

  • Are less likely to have heart problems
  • Overdramatize incidents

AHA’s response:

To help overcome the problems and fears AHA is:

  • Rising Awareness about cardiac arrest in women.
  • Improving training. AHA’s CPR training addresses gender-related barriers to improve bystander CPR rates for women. This includes representation of women in our training materials and informational videos.
  • Advocating to improve the response to cardiac arrest for everyone. Good Samaritan laws offer some protection to those who perform CPR.

Overcome your fear and learn CPR. Learn more at goredforwomen.org/WomenandCPR

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