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Learning hands only CPR could help save a loved one's life

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To do hands-only CPR, put the heel of one hand on the center of the person's chest and your other hand on top of the first.

Learning hands - only CPR could help save a loved one's life

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can double or triple a person's odds of surviving cardiac arrest.

It's terrible to imagine, but what would you do if someone in your home suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? After calling 911, most people feel helpless after witnessing such an event, which is usually due to a cardiac arrest (see "What is cardiac arrest?"). But anyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and everyone should. And because four out of every five cardiac arrests happen at home, the life you save is likely to be someone you love.

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