What Is Cardiac Arrest?
Unlike a heart attack, when blood flow to the heart is blocked, cardiac arrest occurs when your heart has an electrical malfunction that causes it to stop unexpectedly. This causes you to lose consciousness. If you don’t receive CPR, death occurs within minutes.
How to Do Hands-only CPR
If you see someone collapse:
- Call 911 immediately – Be specific about where you are so emergency professionals can find you as quickly as possible.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest – Use both hands to press down to the beat of the classic disco song, “Stayin’ Alive.”