June 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm , by Amelia Harnish
It may seem like something that would never happen to you, but it’s surprisingly common. In fact, every year more than 300,000 people go into sudden cardiac arrest when they’re not in a hospital. Most of the time it happens at home, and many times, the person has shown no signs of heart disease beforehand. Performing CPR immediately can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. Yet 70 percent of bystanders don’t act because they don’t know CPR or are hesitant to do mouth-to-mouth on a stranger, according to the American Heart Association.
The good news: recent studies show that in most cases the mouth-to-mouth part isn’t necessary for the patient to survive till emergency help arrives. And that makes it is so much easier to learn! It’s called hands-only CPR, meaning you only do chest compressions, and you can learn it by watching a 60-second teaching video.
To celebrate CPR week, Go Red For Women is featuring the video here. Take a minute to learn today, and be ready to help when someone’s heart stops. Share this with your family and friends—kids can learn it too. Your new skills could save a life.