CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Mobile phones can be lifesavers, and now, two apps can give people the ability to help someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED are 911-connected mobile apps that immediately alert users of cardiac arrests near them. Individuals can then go and begin giving hands-on CPR while emergency response units are on the way.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, timing is everything, because it can be the difference between life and death.

“Improvement in survival is seen when we have people responding to the patient’s side within the first couple minutes of cardiac arrest,” said Dr. William Brady, from the University of Virginia Health System.

He says giving CPR within the first two minutes significantly improves survival rates, stating it’s “a factor of three to six times more likely to live than somebody that doesn’t receive this care.”

That’s why the Emergency Communications Center is encouraging everyone to download the PulsePoint response apps.

“What we’re doing is asking the community to download the app, and if you’re CPR trained, you can respond to the scene of that emergency immediately,” said ECC Executive Director Sonny Saxton.

Communities that have already implemented these apps have seen increases in the survival rate of those suffering from cardiac arrests.

For more information on how to download the app, click here.