Heart disease is killing more women than anything else. It causes 1 in 3 deaths every year.

Even the healthiest of women who show no signs of heart disease can suddenly collapse. It’s important to know what to do, since it will most likely be someone you know who needs your help. More than 85% of cardiac arrests happen at home. First responders say the worst thing, is to do nothing. They say hands only CPR is the best way to try and save your loved one’s life. There’s been a big push for this type of CPR, rather than mouth-to-mouth. Experts say hands-only CPR is less intimidating and therefore, people are more likely to jump in.

Woman Resuscitating a Young Boy --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Tips to remember when performing hand-only CPR 

  • Push hard and fast on the center of the chest
  • Use the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive” for compressions

To learn more about CPR, watch the interview with Carle Hospital here.


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