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Cardiac Arrest Preparedness

Be Ready! Recognize it's sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

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  • Victim is collapsed, unresponsive and not breathing
  • Don't be fooled by gasping, gurgling or seizure-like activity
  • SCA may also be caused by a hard blow to the chest

Call 9-1-1

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  • Follow emergency dispatcher's instructions
  • Call on-site emergency responders
  • Ask anyone to retrieve an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Hands-Only CPR

Graphic icon of overlapped hands as used during chest compressions.
  • Begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately
  • Push hard and fast in the center of the chest
  • 2-inch compressions—about 100 per minute


Graphic icon of AED symbol with heart.
  • Know where to find your onsite AED
  • Follow step-by-step audio instructions
  • AED will not hurt the person, only help

How to perform hands-only CPR and use an AED

Watch our 3-minute demonstration video.