American Heart Association pushing to turn bystanders into lifesavers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — February is heart month, and the statistics are heart-stopping.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 90% of cardiac arrests outside the hospital are deadly. More than half the time, no one jumps in to help.

So, the AHA’s Nation of Lifesavers is working to turn bystanders into lifesavers.

“We’re trying to get 100% of our colleagues to know hands-only CPR,” said Deborah Hopkins, a clinical educator at St. Joseph’s Health.

Hopkins said minutes matter. If it’s done right away, CPR can double or triple someone’s chances of survival.

“It’s simple and anybody can learn it,” she said. “You’re gonna take the heel of one hand, place it on the center of the patient’s chest, put the other hand on top of the first hand, and then you’re gonna press hard and fast with the heel of that hand.”

It helps keep the blood pumping long enough for EMS to arrive and jump in.

If you’d like to get certified, click here to find a class.

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