Welcome to Warren’s heart health blog in conjunction with the American Heart Association of central Ohio. This is the first installment in an on-going effort to bring heart health to the forefront in our community. We hope the information you read will help you and your family remain healthy and happy for many years to come.
Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only™ CPR? Then you’re ready to help save a life. If you don’t, then the American Heart Association and WellPoint Foundation want you to watch and learn (below).
Just in time for National CPR Awareness Week (June 2-8), we’re dropping a new beat on the ongoing Hands-Only CPR national awareness campaign. Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps: 1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.” Now, in an effort to spread this lifesaving message to a younger generation, the organizations collaborated to create a mash-up of other well-known songs that have the right rate to guide compressions for Hands-Only CPR, and coincidentally, have a life-saving message.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention. The Bees Gees’ hit song “Stayin’ Alive” and the songs in Earworm’s new “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” have rates of at least 100 beats per minute, the same rate recommended for performing Hands-Only CPR.