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Tips to performing hands-only CPR

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Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death. Nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.

When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.

Sadly, about 90 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they do not receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

Many Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to properly administer CPR.

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song "Stayin' Alive."

According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of the disco classic "Stayin' Alive." "Stayin' Alive" has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate you should push on the chest during CPR.

To learn more, watch a 60-second demo video at heart.org/handsonlycpr. The site also shares information on how to find a CPR class near you. 

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