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The NMMC Heart Institute is helping make ours a heart-safe community by supporting the efforts of the Weston Reed Cardiovascular Conference. During 2009 through a grant from Cardiac Science, NMMC donated 25 AEDs to the cause.
Sudden cardiac arrest impacts people of all ages, including many outwardly healthy individuals with no known heart conditions. Predicting who, when or where is impossible. The only definitive emergency treatment is defibrillation, an electric pulse (shock) to the heart.
Launched in 2007 after the sudden cardiac death of 11-year-old Weston Reed at the Ballard Park Sportsplex in Tupelo, the conference has placed 60 automated external defibrillators in parks, schools, law enforcement vehicles and public venues throughout Lee County.
In addition, free training in CPR and the use of AEDs is offered to anyone 15 years or older at the annual conference. Participants can also take advantage of: these free screenings: