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Neighborhood Heart Watch.

Over 400,000 people annually suffer sudden cardiac arrest. A portable defibrillator, or AED (automated external defibrillator), can restart a stopped heart and save a life.

AEDs are becoming more available in public places such as schools, libraries, sports facilities, emergency vehicles, airports, and airplanes. However, most sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home. Dr. Douglas Zipes, past president of the American College of Cardiology, launched a new program called Neighborhood Heart Watch. One house in every neighborhood would have an AED. When someone calls 911 because of a heart emergency, the call would go to the ambulance and to the house with the AED. That way the person can receive treatment from the AED before the ambulance arrives.

The program in Indianapolis serves as a national model that can be initiated in your neighborhood. For more information about the initiative and sources of funding to acquire an AED and launch a Neighborhood Heart Watch program in your area, visit the Children's Better Health Institute at www.cbhi.org or www.Neighborhood-Heart.Watch.org or call 1-317-634-1100 and ask for Patrick Perry.
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Title Annotation:automated external defibrillator program
Publication:Children's Digest
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IN
Date:Jul 1, 2003
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