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Cardiac Ready Communities Program

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Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, so health officials in Montana want communities to be prepared to help those experiencing  this type of health emergency.

A representative with the Cardiac Ready Communities Program was in Butte talking with emergency officials about the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators or A.E.D.s available in the community, so that they can be used to aid people in CPR in the event someone's heart stops beating. 
Statistics show that less than 5 percent of cardiac arrests victims survive unless treated immediately. Another machine that can help heart attack victims.. Is the Lucas machine designed to automatically do chest compressions on a victim while they are awaiting medical treatment. 

"The idea is that the devise never gets tired, it never slows down, it never speeds up, it always does them exactly right and so it's a much better quality of CPR," said Janet Trethewey, Program Manager.

Trethewey says access to these devices can increase survival rate, noting that Bozeman has a 50 percent cardiac arrest survival rating. 

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