Leaves falling to the ground is an easy prediction to make in October. I enjoy seeing the red and gold leaf confetti skipping across my neighborhood until I start raking the yard.
Not as predictable as the leaves falling every autumn is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In 2016, heart disease was the leading cause of death in New Mexico and accounted for over 20% of all deaths. Common causes of death from heart diseases include; myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest.
Here’s a scary thought as we approach Halloween; there are no warning signs associated with sudden cardiac arrest. It’s an electrical disturbance in the heart preventing it from beating properly. Blood flow to the brain is reduced to the point that the person loses consciousness and collapses. Your chance of survival is slim if you don’t receive immediate help. The good news is an automated external defibrillator (AED) can restore the normal rhythm of the heart.
Since our founding in 1999 we’ve promoted cardiovascular wellness and raised money to place AEDs in every county of New Mexico. Over the past year, our staff and board members have worked hard seeking and securing new grant funding, building new partnerships, and expanding our reach to all corners of the state. Already in 2018, we placed 20 life-saving AEDs in New Mexico organizations and businesses. hyperlink to recipients.
Whether you’re raking leaves, sitting in the office or playing pickleball, sudden cardiac arrest can strike without warning. Together, let’s make automated external defibrillators as accessible as fire extinguishers.
If your life has been impacted by an AED, share your story on our Facebook page. For more information about AEDs, the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation and our Project Pulse AED Program visit our website.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation. Your gift helps us place AEDs throughout our community and will help save lives.
Thank you for the hearts you touch,
Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation
Lovelace Health System helps Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation place 10 AEDs across the State
ALBUQUERQUE, April 16, 2018 – Through a $10,000 donation, Lovelace Health System has helped the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation’s Project Pulse AED Program place 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in much-needed community spaces throughout New Mexico.
“We are very grateful to Lovelace Health System. Their donation will allow us to provide life-saving devices to community groups and businesses throughout New Mexico,” said Terry Harris, Executive Director, Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation (HHNMF). “Being able to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest, knowing the chain of survival, and being trained in CPR and AED use is our best opportunity to help save a life.”
AEDs are an important part of the resuscitation process, allowing those administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to deliver a jolt of electricity to restart a heart in the critical moments before emergency services professionals can arrive.
Seconds really do count in an emergency. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation to restore the hearts normal rhythm, the chances of survival decrease by about ten percent. It is estimated that more than 95% of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. Using an AED saves lives!
Both Lovelace Health System and Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation have worked diligently to help promote cardiovascular heath in New Mexico through education and community health partnerships. Lovelace’s volunteer CPR education team, Resuscitation Rangers, educates people on providing hands-only CPR. Project Pulse AED Program has placed dozens of AEDs throughout New Mexico.