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Ohioians Learn Disco to Save a Life

by Cresha A. on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ohio has been fortunate this week to host the Hands Only CPR Tour.  At each stop, the sounds of the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" can be heard pounding from the speakers.  Why "Stayin' Alive?"  The rhythm of this classic disco song is the perfect speed for chest compressions!  It is also a fun and energic way to teach others how to do hands only, or compression only, CPR. 

                            

Want to learn more about the American Heart Association's work and research into CPR and AED training?  Visit our website that details the science behind CPR, to find a course near you, as well as other resources!

Why Learn CPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
    • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

Who Can You Save With CPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one.

  • Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
  • African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the Hands Only CPR Tour!  And remember, "Stayin' Alive!"

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