Protecting Our Hearts! Would you know what to do?

Protecting our hearts in church might not seem like much of a topic to think about. February was “Heart Month” and the American Heart Association always gives us useful information and resources to learn from.  Believe it or not, our churches need to know what to do, every week, if someone has a heart attack or a cardiac event at church.

Do you think heart problems only happen in the middle of the night, or while someone is at work? Think again!  My father-in-law had six heart attacks and a stroke over a seven year period. None of those events happened in the middle of the night or at work.  The final heart attack, the fatal one, happened as he walked into the sanctuary of his church just as the prelude began to play.  The ushers called 911 for help, but Dad died instantly.

Think about your church’s readiness to protect our hearts. Are your ushers trained in First Aid and CPR?  Is your building equipped with Automated External Defibrillators, AEDs?  An AED is a portable electronic devise that will automatically diagnose the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation in a person. Then, the AED is able to treat the arrhythmias through defibrillation allowing the heart to reestablish a normal rhythm.

If your church has recreational sports teams, such as basketball teams for adult men and women, or volleyball teams,  then having an AED available in the gym, along with properly trained staff and volunteers, could be a life-saving resource when you least expect it.  Training in the proper use of an AED is available from your local chapter of the American Heart Association and also from the local chapter of the Red Cross.  You may be able to arrange to have a training class provided for your entire church staff at your church.  The recreation ministry volunteers, staff, and the ushers for worship services all need regular training.  It isn’t difficult or expensive to provide.

Make every month a month for good heart health, at church and at home. Visit The American Heart Association,,  for more information about how you can strengthen the heart health of everyone in your congregation!

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