Staying Alive: CPR Awareness Tour Stops in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- Okay, we all know dancing on beat takes talent. But did you know pumping on beat can save lives?

The American Heart Association has linked up with Amerigroup Texas to continue its national awareness campaign on Hands-Only CPR. The mobile tours' first stop in North Texas was at the Resource Connection in Fort Worth.

“Just in case I’m ever in a situation and someone needs CPR, I would like to be that person who can jump out of the crowd and help,” one student explained.

Not only did AHA instructors have a heart-to-heart talk about the importance of learning CPR, they also trained their class to the beat of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees.

“The class is about 20 minutes long, and we do a dance to 'Staying Alive' to help the people remember how to push when they're performing Hands-Only CPR,” one instructor said.

The hit song has more than 100 beats per minute, which happens to be the right rate to pump a patient.

“Over 325,000 people actually suffered cardiac arrest outside the hospital,” an instructor added.  “90% this year alone actually died, so that's a lot of the motivation as to why we created the campaign.”

Hey, you can't beat working to help people stay alive!