Save a Life and Heart, One AED at a Time

Palo Alto will get 52 automated external defibrillators and an app can help people find the closest one to them.

Image courtesy of Racing Hearts.
Image courtesy of Racing Hearts.
Nearly 800 Americans, about one every two minutes, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American Red Cross.

To help prevent deaths the Silicon Valley-based non-profit Racing Hearts will place 52 automated external defibrillators (AED) around the City of Palo Alto, specifically in high-risk places like libraries and athletic fields. The money for the AEDs came from the city council discretionary funds voted on in an April 2013.

These 52 should be installed by Fall 2013 (see illustration). All school sites should receive the AEDs by June 2014.

According to the American Red Cross, an AED is a small lightweight electronic device that senses an irregular heart rhythm "and then prompts the rescuer to deliver the shock simply by pressing a button."

Because AEDs have been proven to be safe, reliable and effective in the prevention of death from sudden cardiac arrest trained persons can use them to help a victim before paramedics arrive on scene, which according to the Red Cross take them between 8 to 12 minutes.

Since Racing Hearts is run by volunteers, they hope to encourage the community to consider making a small donation.  

Look out for an AEDSpotter app to help locate and map local AEDs coming to an app store near you. 

Editor's note: The article has been updated with a correction. Racing Hearts did not donate the AEDs. The money came from the city.

Harvard Reynolds August 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
AED Defibrillators Available at Discount For information about purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED), please contact AED Supply Store. This company was formed by Harvard Reynolds in response to the sudden cardiac arrest death of his father in 1999 - and they offer the lowest pricing available for AED's. A leading national Certified Training Center for the American Heart Association, AED Supply Store has the corporate mission "To Help Save Lives". COMPANY CONTACT DATA: Toll-Free Phone: (866) 932-2331 Contact Name: Harvard Reynolds, Principal Contact E-Mail: info@AEDSupplyStore.com Website Address: www.AEDSupplyStore.com ____________________


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