We talk a lot about how sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any age, but what are the factors that can increase your risk? Read on to learn more.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to inspire action. That seems to be the case in West Chicago where Mayor Mike Kwasman went into cardiac arrest at a local restaurant in April of 2012. CPR attempts were unsuccessful, and now the community is looking for ways to increase the number of AEDs around town.
We know that an AED greatly increases a cardiac arrest patient’s chance for survival over just CPR alone. That’s for a couple reasons. First, CPR can’t shock a heart back into rhythm, but secondly many lay rescuers may not perform CPR as thoroughly or as properly as needed. That’s why new automated CPR devices present an exciting opportunity for increased survival chances in sudden cardiac arrest patients.
The vast majority of AED stories we share come to us from the US with a few from Canada and the UK, but have you ever wondered how AEDs impact the rest of the world? A recent market report clues us into how AEDs are utilized globally and how the industry is expected to grow over the next five years.
We love hearing about any fundraising efforts for heart health, and it is especially great to hear about projects led by young people. Reghan Haynes is an 11-year old who has over $4,500 for the American Heart Association in conjunction with the organization’s Jump Rope for Heart Event. This is Reghan’s third year participating, but her efforts have a special meaning this year as she lost her father less than a year ago from a heart defect.
Are there schools in your community still lacking an AED? The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is looking to help through the “You Can Save a Life at School AED Challenge”. Through this program, the foundation will be donating one AED a month from March 2014 through December 2014.