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Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) adults who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting have a substantially lower chance of receiving bystander CPR.

During AAPI Heritage Month, the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, is asking people to “Be the Beat” for their family and learn Hands-Only CPR. 
of AAPI individuals surveyed are confident that they could correctly perform Hands-Only CPR
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of AAPI individuals surveyed are likely to perform CPR
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of AAPI individuals surveyed are hesitant to perform Hands-Only CPR because they are worried they will hurt the person

Be the beat.

Science tells us that when a cardiac arrest happens, bystander CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival.

Take 60 seconds and watch the Hands-Only CPR video. Then share it with family and friends. Together we can help save more lives.

You can also watch this video in:
Hindi  |  Mandarin  |  Telugu

Heart attack survivor Kumar Seetharam (left) with his daughter, Faith. (Photo courtesy of Kumar Seetharam)

Survivor Story: Kumar Seetharam

Lifelong tennis player, Kumar Seetharam, experienced a heart attack on the court. “That was the scariest moment,” said Kumar, who is 65. “It was the first sign that something really bad could happen to me.”

Now, three years later, he plays 30 minutes of tennis a day and walks for 30 minutes. He supplements with yoga, weightlifting and cardio dance classes with his daughter, Faith.

Read Kumar’s story

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