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CPR Can Save Lives! CPR and AED Awareness Week: June 1-7

Rick, Susan, Brooke and Kate Worrel
Rick, Susan, Brooke and Kate Worrel

The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives. About 90 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. If life-saving CPR is performed, a victim’s chance of survival can double, even triple.

Rick Worrel, of Kansas City, was just feet from the finish line of a 5K with his daughter when he collapsed. Because bystanders jumped in and started performing Hands-Only CPR, Rick survived and, along with his family, has become an advocate for CPR with the American Heart Association.

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

National CPR Week
This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all
Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only® CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at Once you have learned CPR, give five people you care about the power to save lives by equipping them to act quickly in a crisis.

Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

You can also download a free app for your phone to walk you through the simple steps of performing CPR.

Why Learn Hands-Only CPR?
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Nearly 400,000 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, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

Be the Difference for Someone You Love
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.

Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Disco Can Save Lives
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.

Hustle to Learn How to Save a Life
Watch the 60-second demo video. Visit to watch the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life. You may also find a class at or purchase a CPR Anytime Friends and Family Kit to learn CPR in the comfort of your own home. Go to
It only takes 25 minutes and the whole family can learn!

Thank you so much for helping us raise awareness and numbers of people trained to help increase bystander response rates in cardiac emergencies. Use and share these tools because #CPRsaveslives.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, visit or call 913-652-1914.

NOTE: The American Heart Association still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

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