HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – What if you were with somebody who suddenly went into cardiac arrest? What if there was no one else around to help? Would you know how to restart this person’s heart?

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Nero of Stamford wants to make certain that you do.

He’s helped to organize an all-day CPR training event at Chelsea Piers in Stamford this Saturday to give as many people as possible the know-how and the confidence to administer CPR.

“Right now, when someone collapses, there’s only about a 25 percent chance that people will actually get the CPR when they need it and we’re hoping that with this kind of training that we can get that number up to 50 percent,” Nero told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

“When somebody has an arrest, there’s that uncertainty in your mind of ‘Can I do this?’ and if you see 10,000 other people doing it around you, you’re going to be much more likely to say ‘You know what, I can do this. I know I have the support. I know I can pull this off,'” he added.

Nero expects thousands to take part in the training on Saturday, which is hoped to break the Guiness World Record of 7,909 people set in Singapore last year.

The training lasts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and should only take you 15 minutes. Click here to sign up.

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