June 1 through 7 is National CPR Week and it’s a skill that’s important for everybody to know. Doctors say it doubles or even triples the chances of survival after a sudden heart attack. You might think you’re not trained and you’ll hurt the person, but experts say it’s better than the alternative.
If someone near you goes into cardiac arrest there are three things you can do to save their life.
- Try to shake them awake.
- If they don’t wake up have someone call 9-1-1.
- Press into the middle of their chest hard and fast. Press it to the beat of the song, “Staying Alive.”
The recommendation sounds silly, and you might think it’s an urban myth, but the American Heart Association says the steady beat can keep a person alive until help arrives.