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What to do if you see someone suddenly collapse.

If you see someone collapse suddenly, check if the victim is responsive. If not, remember these three easy steps.

Call 911

Have them send help. Stay on the line and listen for further instructions.

Start Chest Compressions

If the person is not breathing normally, start chest compressions. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest. Keep your arms straight. Send someone to find an AED.

Use An AED

The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restart a person’s heart. It provides voice prompts that tell you exactly what to do and will only administer a shock if needed, so there’s no reason to hesitate.


Learn more about sudden cardiac arrest.

HeartRescue Project

The HeartRescue Project, funded by the Medtronic Foundation, is dedicated to improving how sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is recognized, treated and measured in the United States. Community response education is an important component of the program’s mission. Go to the HeartRescue Project resource page for more information about SCA, including education videos, training programs, and information about our partners.


See the public service announcement.

HeartRescue Project

The HeartRescue Project has created a public service announcement to draw attention to one of the nation’s leading killers, sudden cardiac arrest, and what we can do to help increase the chances of survival.

View the PSA now. Then check out the ‘Save-A-Life’ Simulator, and immerse yourself in the world of the PSA, joining other bystanders in making life-saving decisions.

Special thanks to HeartRescue Partners: University of Arizona, Duke University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and American Medical Response (AMR).

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