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American Heart Association to offer hands-only CPR training at CMA Fest

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The American Heart Association will be training CMA Fest attendees on CPR this year. (WSMV) The American Heart Association will be training CMA Fest attendees on CPR this year. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Thousands of you will make your way to downtown Nashville for CMA Fest this week, and the American Heart Association wants to make sure you're prepared to save a life.

Last year, the group trained almost 100 people on hands-only CPR just by walking around and talking to concertgoers at CMA Fest last year. They say it only takes 60 seconds to save a life.

The American Heart Association is shifting its focus to big events, such as music festivals, because of how large the crowds are and how factors like extreme heat can put people at a higher risk for a health event. They'll continue the training at CMA Fest again this year.

Around 350,000 cardiac events happen outside the hospital, and your survival could depend on whether the person standing next to you knows CPR.

About 90 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die. Knowing how to do this can triple someone's chances of survival.

All you need to do is call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the person's chest.

Many people have heard about pushing to the song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, but several other songs work too, including "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

Click here for more information about hands-only CPR and to find training sessions in your area.

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