Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital in the United States. More than 70% of those occur at home. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Especially if performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective in the first few minutes as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. Hands-Only CPR has two simple steps, performed in this order:
Step 1: Call 911 immediately if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.
Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a song with 100 beats per minute (i.e., “Staying Alive”).
Throughout American Heart Month, join me and the American Heart Association in raising awareness about the importance of knowing how to perform CPR. Find more resources, including the Heartsaver® Virtual training course, at cpr.heart.org.
Learn CPR. Save a Life. The power is in YOUR hands.