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Published on February 03, 2010

Moses Cone Health System to Donate 19 AEDs to Community


As part of heart month, Moses Cone Health System Heart and Vascular Center will announce the donation of 19 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to organizations in Guilford County, Rockingham County and Kernersville. Details will be given at a news conference. The news conference is in the second floor main foyer of the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center at 11 am in downtown Greensboro. A second event for High Point and Jamestown groups will be at 1:30 pm at MedCenter High Point at 2630 Willard Dairy Rd.

“We can provide extraordinary care to help people who would have died a few years ago to recover from heart attack,” said Vicki Block, Vice President, Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center. “But people have to get to us in time. These AEDs will allow people to get to the hospital who might otherwise not have made it.”

Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center is providing the donations as part of HeartSafe 180, a hospital-led outreach program designed to help protect communities from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA — the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness — is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and in this area. It usually results from an abnormal heart rhythm, often as a result of underlying heart conditions, but about two-third of SCA victims do not realize they have these conditions until they enter cardiac arrest, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

The only definitive treatment for SCA is a defibrillation shock — an electrical pulse sent through the heart to restore a normal rhythm. Defibrillation must be administered within the first few minutes of SCA in order to be effective, as a victim’s chances of survival decrease by 7% to 10% for every minute that passes without treatment.

About Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center
The Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center is among the largest cardiac centers in North Carolina, and its reputation for advanced cardiac procedures is well known among the nation's medical community. Moses Cone heart and Vascular Center services are comparable to the finest university medical facilities, yet the Heart Center is located in the Piedmont Triad, near the people it serves.

About HeartSafe 180
HeartSafe 180 works with hospitals to expand access to AEDs in communities across the U.S. The program is based on a joint initiative between St. Jude Medical, one of the country’s top medical device companies, and Cardiac Science, a global leader in the development of AEDs.

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