March 4, 2012 | by

When a Heart Stops, Don’t Pause. Just Pump.

When a Heart Stops, Don't Pause. Just Pump.

Stack your palms in the center of the victim's chest.
Pump hard and fast, about 100 pumps per minute.

Only 5 to 10 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest ­outside a hospital survive.

But that number could be doubled if more bystanders performed CPR—and today’s “hands-only” approach requires no mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or even formal training, says Ben Bobrow, M.D., PulsePoint board member and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona.

Read the rest of this post on the Stay Healthy blog at Parade Magazine.