Little Rock Community Centers Receive AEDs

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Eight Little Rock community centers will receive automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) thanks to the partnership of The city of Little Rock and Arkansas Heart Hospital (AHH).

Yesterday, the hospital and city leaders presented Dunbar Community Center with its AED. The other community centers will receive both the AED along with training in its use within the next 2 weeks.

The centers to receive the AEDS include Dunbar, Macarthur Park, Interstate Park, Bess Chism Stephens Community Center, East Little Rock Community Center, Rebsamen Tennis Center, Jim Dailey Fitness & Acquatic Center and Southwest Community Center.

AEDs are important devices to have in public places such as schools, airports, and community centers to improve the chance of survival in anyone who has a sudden cardiac arrest.

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According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is the cause of an estimated 294,851 emergency cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year outside of the hospital in the community.

With sudden cardiac arrest there is a sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. It differs from a heart attack in that sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an electrical disturbance in your heart while a heart attack results from blocked blood flow to a portion of the heart.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated immediately. With quick use of available an AED, survival is much more likely.

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Sources
KTHV.com
American Heart Association

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