Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

National Defibrillation Program Launched

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

National Defibrillation Program Launched

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More than a hundred neighbors and community leaders--including the mayor of Indianapolis, Bart Peterson--celebrated the launch of the first Neighborhood Heart Watch program in the country. Residents of the Wynnedale village in Indianapolis gathered in the Children's Better Health Fitness Farm Scholarship Hall, also located in Wynnedale, to learn about the new lifesaving initiative.

"We are blessed to live in a time when medical technology advances at the rate that it does in this country and in this world today," said Mayor Peterson, who knows firsthand the wrenching experience of nearly losing his father to cardiac arrest. "But our technology is only as good as our ability to apply it in a practical way to save people's lives. We have the automated external defibrillator. The key is to get the device where it can actually save lives--where the people are. Neighborhood Heart Watch is a wonderful program."

The creative mind behind the neighborhood heart program, Dr. Douglas Zipes, outlined the concept to residents, explaining the simplicity of its execution, the importance of greater access to automated defibrillators, and the amazing statistics of how many lives could be saved.

"If you look at your neighbor, one of the two of you will die of cardiovascular disease," Dr. Zipes said, who stressed the fact that heart disease is the number-one cause of death in the world. "Half of heart-related deaths are due to a heart rhythm problem where your heartbeat gets so fast that your heart can no longer pump blood to the brain and you die. …

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