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Tales of the Heart: Be the Beat

February 22nd, 2012 - By Lari Robling

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Caption: Brian A. (right) and his dad Brian Sr.

When you think of beats and teenagers you think of music – mostly loud, lots of energy, and often endless. But two pop songs in particular might just save a life—Staying Alive and Man in the Mirror. Each has 100 beats a minute, the recommended beats needed to keep someone alive with CPR.

Those songs are recommended by Be the Beat, a program sponsored by the American Heart Association encouraging teens to learn how to use hands-only CPR.

Brian A. (center) and the staff at Christiana Care and EMTs

Brian A. is a teen spokesperson for Be the Beat. Why the interest? He had a sudden cardiac arrest at age fifteen and was saved by a bystander who kept oxygen going to his brain until the EMT’s arrived. Overall, he received a remarkable ninety-three minutes of CPR. Today he has the luxury of being a normal teen because of CPR.

The Be the Beat campaign provides lesson plans, videos and games for schools to encourage teen participation. In addition to making their community a safer place to be, it also gives the teens a skill that increases self-esteem and health awareness.

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