South Tahoe program to improve chances of surviving cardiac arrest

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 9:06 PM PDT
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) -The Heart Safe Community program at South Lake Tahoe is aiming to put heart-reviving devices in strategic places to improve the chances of people surviving cardiac arrest.

The program is sponsored by the Barton Foundation.

Automated external defibrillators made by Zoll are available through the Barton Foundation for a tax-deductible donation of $1,800. The program includes detailed instruction on using AEDs and other training.

The American Heart Association reports that people who have cardiac arrest outside of hospital settings have less than a 10 percent chance to survive, but that increases to 40 percent in communities in AEDs and extensive AED and CPR training.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and cardiac arrest; community members are a vital link in the chain of survival,” Chris Kiser, Barton Foundation executive director, said in a statement. “Lives will be saved if people are educated on how to recognize symptoms, and more importantly, how to act on those symptoms prior to the arrival of first responders.”

The goal is to put AEDs any place the community gathers, like grocery stores, retail outlets,

churches, schools, golf courses, sports fields, marinas, beaches and restaurants.

The AEDs are easy o use and offer voice instructions.

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