Any city, municipality, county, or organization in MN can apply for the Heart Safe designation through the MN Dept. of Health
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.