Only takes one minute to save a life

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Statistics show only 41 percent of heart attack victims get the immediate help they need before emergency help arrives. However, it only takes one minute to learn Hands-Only CPR in order to save a life.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 420,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the United States every year, with 80 percent of those occurring in private or residential settings. That means, if the need arises for CPR, the statistics show it will most likely be a loved one.

Most of us would give anything to save the life of one we love. That is why Hoosiers should take one minute during National CPR Awareness Week, June 1-7, and learn Hands-Only CPR.

Chairman of the American Heart Association’s Indianapolis Board of Directors, Jim England, said it’s tragic victims don’t survive, when Hands-Only CPR is such an easily learned skill. England said the technique can double or even triple the rate of survival.

“There are two easy steps that anyone can do to save a life,” England said in a news release. “The first is to call 911. The second is to push hard and fast on the center of the chest until help arrives.”

The Hands-Only technique is equally as effective as CPR with breaths, and according to the American Heart Association people are more likely to feel comfortable and confident performing it.

In a December 2012 study, researchers found that Hands-Only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after experiencing a cardiac arrest.

England survived a sudden heart attack after attending a college football game in 2011, and thanks to a bystander who performed CPR, he is alive today.

“There were absolutely no warning signs that my heart was going to stop beating. No time to get medical help before it happened,” England told News 18 in a release. “I’m forever grateful that someone nearby had taken the time to learn CPR and was there that day to save my life.”

The American Heart Association suggests using the beat of a familiar song. They recommend the Bee Gees’ disco classic Stayin’ Alive because it features 100 beats per minute, which is an ideal rate to perform Hands-Only CPR.

Be prepared to save a life and learn more about Hands-Only CPR by watching this instructional video.

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