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Learning CPR in just seconds

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 13:07:49-04

It's American Heart Association CPR Week nationwide and the organization says learning CPR can be easy and could save a life.

Those with the American Heart Association say it only requires two steps.

Step 1: Call for help and/or call 911.

Step 2: Place one of your hands atop your other hand then start pressing hard and fast in the center of the chest of the person you're trying to help. 

That, of course, are just the basics.

The American Heart Association says if CPR is started less than two minutes after someone suffers cardiac arrest there chance of surviving is 80%. For every minute unattended the persons chance of surviving decreases about 10%. In 2016, cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. 

Music fan? Try doing compressions to the song 'Stayin Alive' by The Bee Gees. Ideally, you should be doing 100-120 compressions a minute when conducting CPR. 

7 Eyewitness News met up with some advocates Wednesday and asked why teaching others was so important.

For a more extensive look at how you can learn CPR click here.