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American Heart Association pushes for people learning 'Hands only CPR'

There's a big push from the American Heart Association -- for more of us to learn hands only CPR.

Janet Gaub/ Employee
Every day at lunchtime I walk at least a half hour
John Sinclair/Likes exercise
I try not to sit too much

When it comes to preventing a heart attack, small changes can add up to big results:
Alyson Poling/ American Heart Association; If you even choose one thing, at the American Heart Association we don't want you do to it all at once Encourage you to take smaller steps,, but more frequently.

But in addition to keeping your own heart in check, corporate wellness expert Terri Hanlon says we also all need to know how to take care of someone else's heart that stops working properly.

Terri Hanlon/CEO Corporate Health; We are partnering with the American Heart Association to help educate individuals with how we can save a life.

So Hanlon's team is now one of many going to wellness events and workplaces to teach what is called hands only CPR.

It is easy for anybody to learn.
And at this health and fitness event, their goal was to help highlight that, you may not realize we are sort of in heart attack season, we tend to stay inside more, be a little more sedentary, eat and drink at sports games, and all of these together make it even more important that we know hands only CPR.[

Here' s how it works, you simply have to press on the chest and compress at a quick rate, no mouth to mouth:

And the hands only CPR is really an easier method, where someone can step in, keep circulation going, and really save a persons life.

The hope is that if more of us learn this technique, we will perform it as a bystander if someone has a heart event.
 
The American Heart Association will even provide free training, it's just a click away.
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