We are proud to announce - Troy Lachinski (East Bethel Fireman), Wendy Renner (Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce), and Don Krueger (Ham Lake Fire Chief) shown above are spearheading Ham Lake's Heart Safe Community Program. With 5 new Automated External Defibrilators ( AEDs) donated by the Chamber of Commerce for local businesses and their commitment to become the next Anoka County Heart Safe Community they are on their way!Read more...
Heart Safe Communities Overview “Being a Heart Safe Community can save lives.”
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone – and it is almost always fatal.
Fact: In MN, cardiovascular events (including cardiac arrest) is the second–leading cause of death and responsible for almost 20% of deaths. (MDH)
Fact: In 2010, more than 35% of deaths in MN, due to heart disease, happened prior to arriving at the hospital. (MDH)
Fact:More people die of sudden cardiac arrest than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined.
The Heart Safe program is a proactive program to decrease the annual death rate caused by sudden cardiac arrest within MN.
Friends, family, co-workers, and bystanders are more likely to witness the onset of a sudden cardiac event. Ordinary citizens trained in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can initiate care and alert the EMS system.
GET TRAINED * GET PREPARED * SAVE LIVES!
For more information please contact:
Officer Bryan Platz, Coon Rapids Police Dept [email protected] / 763-767-6481
Fireman Troy Lachinsk. East Bethel Fire Dept. 763-350-9060
Carla Pederson, Health Educator
Anoka County Community Health & Env. Services [email protected] / 763-323-6145
What are Heart Safe Communities?
They are communities who have successfully received the Heart Safe Community Designation because the community chose to intentionally evaluate and improve their community’s readiness for cardiac events. It is teaching ordinary citizens in the community to recognize the signs and symptoms of a sudden cardiac event and know how to render care and get help “on the way, right away.”
To educate community members in hands-only CPR.
To train community members how to use an AED (automated electronic defibrillator).
To expand local access to AEDs where people live, work, and play.
Why is this important? Please watch these videos: