According to the American Heart Association survival depends on immediately receiving CPR. More than 90 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest die. However, when CPR is performed correctly, and victims chance of survival can double or even triple.

The American Heart Association says Hands-Only CPR can be performed in two easy steps:

1. Call 911

2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.

It only takes 90 seconds to learn how to save a life. Visit HEART.ORG or find a CPR class HERE.

Andrew Cottingham says seeing his son fully unresponsive was "possibly the scariest moment of my life".

Andrew shared his story with Thrive Everyday host, Lisa McCollum on Friday (Feb.14).

He explained how a father-and-son night of "hanging out" quickly escalated into an emergency after a piece of a pretzel became lodged in his son's throat.

"At that point, whenever he went unresponsive, I had to do CPR," Andrew says.

As scary as it was, Andrew claims because of the CPR training he received at work, he was able to react and save his son’s life.

"People need to know [CPR] because if it comes down to those critical seconds...if your child is going to live or not live, it might come down to a point of it's your responsibility to save that childs life."

The American Heart Association suggests learning Hands-Only CPR as it is a natural introduction to CPR and encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. Immediately performing Hands-Only CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

For more information about conventional CPR and/or Hands-Only CPR visit

The American Heart Association says it’s a fact that if you are called on to give CPR in the event of an emergency you will most likely be trying to save the life of a loved one.

That loved one could be a child, spouse, parent or friend.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, their survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.

CPR can increase the chance of survival and the American Heart Association says Hands-Only CPR can be as effective as conventional CPR.

On January 25th, the Family Y and the American Heart Association of the CSRA began offering FREE 30-minute Hands-Only CPR.

The Family Y says they will continue to offer these FREE classes throughout 2020 at various Familly Y locations.

To see times and locations visit CPR FOR EVERYONE-HANDS ONLY.