Save MO Hearts

Save MO Hearts is a MU Health Care outreach program that teaches the public to assist someone who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest by performing hands-only CPR until professional medical help arrives.


Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in Missouri, according the American Heart Association. In Columbia, Missouri, the survival rate after a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is only 12 percent. After a person collapses, his or her survival rate shrinks 10 percent for every minute CPR is not performed.

Save MO Hearts wants to improve those numbers through education. If you would like to schedule a Save MO Hearts training session for your group, contact

Hands-Only CPR instructions


  • If you see someone collapse, don't step aside and wait for someone else to help. Now that you are here and learning what to do in this situation, don't be afraid to be the one who jumps in to assist.
  • See if they will respond to you. Tap them on the shoulders and ask them if they're okay. If they don't verbally or visually respond to you, see if they're breathing normally and not gasping for air.
  • If they aren't breathing normally, point to someone around and tell them to call 9-1-1. Point to another person and tell them to find an automated external defibrillator (AED), if there is one.
  • Begin CPR and continue until help arrives or the patient begins to respond. Don't stop until either occurs. Once an AED is obtained, turn it on and listen to the instructions.


  • Call 9-1-1 first. Put them on speakerphone, if available, and begin CPR until help arrives.
  • Push hard and fast! That's all that matters — no ratio for breaths to compressions, proper seal for mouth-to-mouth, head tilt or 2-inch compressions — just push hard and fast. Don't worry about pushing too hard. Not pushing hard enough will hurt them even more.


We offer training in hands-only CPR at events throughout the year. Check back in for upcoming events that you can attend for free.