Save a Life with Hands-Only CPR

From June 1-7, we celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Every Second Counts in Cardiac Arrest

Why Learn Hands-Only CPR?

Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts

blood flow to the brain, lungs, and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000

EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.

According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, mainly if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Music Can Save Lives

Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.

When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the song examples above.

Call 911

The telecommunicator on the other end of the line can assist you while getting the emergency help you need on the way.

Take 90 Seconds to Learn How to Save a Life

Watch the 90-second video. Visit to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to CPR, and the AHA encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. You can find a CPR class near you at

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.

About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.

Less than 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.

Women who have cardiac arrests are more likely to • Have cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle • Have non-shockable rhythms that cannot be treated with an AED • Be older and live at home alone. Numbers tell the story in a 2017 study of more than 19,000 people who had cardiac events: Only 39% of women received CPR from bystanders in public compared to 45% of men. Men’s odds of surviving a cardiac event were 23% higher than women’s.

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