'Stifler's mom' helping promote hands only CPR - New York News

'Stifler's mom' helping promote hands only CPR

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Know for playing Stifler's mom in the film "American Pie", Jennifer Coolige is now taking on another heart pounding roll.

Coolige is helping the American Heart Association kick off a new national campaign asking everyone to learn hands only CPR.

"I want to be that person that can save a life at any unexpected time, especially that of a loved one."

The Bee Gees song "Staying Alive" is the perfect tool.

"The two steps to hands only CPR is, number one, call 911.  Number two, push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of Staying Alive," said Danielle Cortes DeVito, a CPR instructor with the American Heart Association.

It adds up to 100 beats per minute.  With one song and simple instructions, the American Heart Association is trying to take fear out of saving lives.

"About 70-percent of Americans do not do CPR because they're afraid of hurting someone.  We need you to push hard and don't forget to call 911."

"Cardiac arrest in this country is a major public health epidemic.  400,000 people annually die of sudden cardiac arrest.  If you can do CPR and hands only CPR, you can double or triple their chances of survival," said Dr. Gordon Tomaselli with the American Heart Association.
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