How to Do Hands-Only CPR

Learn what to do after someone experiences cardiac arrest or becomes unresponsive and stops breathing.

Do you know how to perform CPR? Knowing the steps could help save someone's life in a health emergency. A person typically needs CPR when they exhibit one of the following signs:

  • They are not breathing
  • They take occasional gasps for breath
  • Their heart has stopped beating
  • They are unconscious or unresponsive

These things can happen after cardiac arrest, electrocution, near drowning or a car accident. You should NOT perform CPR if the person is breathing normally or if the area is dangerous.

Follow These Steps to Perform CPR

1. Call 911 or assign someone nearby to do it.

2. Do chest compressions at 100 beats per minute. "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gee's is a classic example of a song that can help you stay in rhythm. Others include "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce, "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

3. Don't stop until help arrives — or the person becomes responsive and is breathing normally.

Here's Dr. Oz's Mom's Regimen for Fighting Her Alzheimer's

Here are the tools she uses to help manage the progression of the disease.

Personal photos courtesy of Dr.Oz

When Dr. Oz found out in September 2019 that his mom, Suna, then 81, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he was gutted. He wondered how he missed the signs and what he could do next. Like so many caregivers, he had to recognize that his mom was not going to get better. But he also knew that he wasn't alone: There is an Alzheimer's diagnosis every 65 seconds.

Dr. Oz immediately contacted his friends and colleagues and crafted a treatment plan with two of the country's top experts in the field: Richard S. Isaacson, MD, a neurologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, and Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard and the founder of the "Alzheimer's Genome Project," who co-discovered the first Alzheimer's gene.

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