Every day in the United States, hospitals encounter patients in desperate need of a blood donation. Blood is needed for many situations including life threatening illnesses and everyday surgeries. In fact, about every two seconds, someone in America needs blood.

Not only can giving blood help save lives, but it can also have health benefits for you. Giving a blood donation helps makes your blood thinner, reduces blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack and lowers the buildup of iron in your blood. Having thick or sticky blood causes your heart to work much harder to pump, forcing your heart to also squeeze harder, which can then lead to damage in the lining. When damage is detected, arteries begin to build calluses which accumulate plaque and narrow the passage for blood to flow properly. By donating, it is believed to decrease thickness in your blood, making it easier for your heart to pump. Your heart is then able to move blood throughout your body more easily and prevents the risk of plaque buildup. Overall, giving blood not only can save others’ lives, but can have life-changing effects for you too!

Although many may want to donate, not everyone is eligible. There are restrictions such as age, weight, and overall health.