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The Importance of Hands-Only CPR

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In honor of American Heart Month, local first responders are teaming up to re-educate the public on the importance of heart health and cardiac issues.

Every year 360,000 Americans suffer from cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and every 90 seconds someone dies from cardiac arrest.

Unfortunately, only 41% of people who suffer a heart attack get help from a by-stander or witness. In the Fargo-Moorhead area that number is as low as 33%.

One of the main reasons area first responders have teamed up to stress the importance of giving Hands-Only CPR. Paramedics and firefighters say it's easy and can be done in two simple steps.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse:

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song, "Stayin' Alive."
  • According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of the disco classic "Stayin' Alive."
  • "Stayin' Alive," has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate you should push on the chest during CPR.

Both Fargo and Moorhead Fire Departments have also launched an application for your smart phone. The "PulsePoint" app can be downloaded to your phone and will alert you when someone near you has called 9-1-1 and is in need of CPR.

The application will also inform you where the nearest AED is to your location.

To help more people learn Hands-Only CPR and show how easy it is. F-M Ambulance and the Fargo Fire Department are holding "Save a Life Saturday," on Saturday, February 15th from Noon - 5:00 p.m. at the West Acres Shopping Center.

It's a fast, free and easy way to learn Hands-Only CPR and ask any questions you may have. The first 100 people will even get a free T-shirt.

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