Free CPR training offered in Indianapolis

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Fun, free, and easy. That's what The American Heart Association will help people save lives.

The AHA has a mobile CPR bus which is currently touring the country to teach people how to save lives. Since heart disease is the number one killer in the US, the AHA wants training to be fun and easy. Trainers in Disco suits will use the Bee Gees' hit "Stayin' Alive" to teach CPR because the song has more than 100 beats per minute, the rate at which you should push on the chest.

Doctors say chest compression only CPR is just as effective at saving lives because there's already enough oxygen in the bloodstream.

"You never have to do breathes. You don't have to put your mouth on a stranger's mouth. And these are fears we all have. They're natural fears. But you could save a person's life on a bus, airplane, at church, by being the one who knows to show up, put your hands on their chest and start pumping until a paramedic or medical professional can arrive," said IU Health Doctor Edward Harlamert.

The bust stops in Indy on Wednesday, and the American Heart Association's goal is to get at least 3,000 people trained.

Participants can come to the Circle from 11:00am to 2:00pm. On Thursday the bus stops at Castleton Square Mall, and Friday evening at Symphony on the Prairie with a concert ticket.

Dr. Harlamert says it's important for everyone to get trained because you never know when someone will suffer a heart problem.

"You will be on a vacation, you will be out to dinner, or at a family get together at Christmas, and someone is going to have a cardiac arrest. I can't tell you how much better you will feel by being able to help in that situation. No matter what the outcome. If you don't get trained, it will haunt you forever that you couldn't help. So please, just sign up. Please just learn this technique. Sometime in your life you will use it. I guarantee that."

Each session is just 15 minutes and the ADA knows it will be time well spent for Hoosier participants.

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