PSA Uses Humor to Promote Hands-Only CPR

A well-known comedic actor who is a physician in real life is adding some humor to the American Heart Association's new campaign.


A well-known comedic actor who is a physician in real life is adding some humor to the American Heart Association's new campaign.

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Ken Jeong -- who stars in "The Hangover" movies and the NBC series "Community" -- appears in a new video promoting Hands-Only CPR that uses the song "Stayin' Alive" to share tips with the public about what to do in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.

"I may play insanely crazy and comedic characters on screen, but as an internal medicine physician in real life, I want people to know that sudden cardiac arrest is a serious matter," Jeong said in a news release. "Immediate action can be the difference between life and death. Everyone needs to know it's in their hands to help save a life."

The video opens with a group of friends engaged in a lively game of charades when one of the guests collapses from cardiac arrest. Jeong comes to the rescue -- donning a disco-era suit.

He dances and instructs viewers to perform Hands-Only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" -- a song the association says is the near-perfect rhythm for performing CPR chest compressions.

"Jeong brings relevance, authority as a medical professional, and, of course, excellent comedic timing to our new Hands-Only CPR video," AHA President Ralph Sacco, M.D. said in a statement. "Even more impressive is his commitment to helping save more lives by volunteering his time for this project."

The AHA is working with social fundraising website Crowdrise.com to raise money to support its research and educational programs.