Take Heart South Dakota

Take Heart South Dakota is a comprehensive, statewide initiative designed to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) through education and community events. Sudden cardiac arrest or SCA is a condition in which the heart abruptly stops without warning.

Take Heart South Dakota is a comprehensive, statewide initiative designed to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) through education and community events. Sudden cardiac arrest or SCA is a condition in which the heart abruptly stops without warning.

Each year, an estimated 325,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest. This top killer can strike anyone, at any age, without warning. The most surprising statistic is that 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur during everyday activities and not in a hospital setting. So everyone needs to be prepared to manage early resuscitation.

”Our goal is to provide the general public, first responders and hospital staff with the information and tools to educate and reeducate the essentials of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and tips for training others in their community and family,” said Scott Pham, MD, electrophysiologist at Sanford Heart Hospital and co-founder of Take Heart South Dakota. “Through community education and awareness we believe we can save lives with this program.”

The program teaches the essential components of high performance CPR. Most people are familiar with traditional community CPR classes that can be lengthy and are often costly. Take Heart South Dakota is encouraging people to use the American Heart Association CPR Anytime personal training program. Each kit includes an inflatable manikin and a step by step training DVD that teaches a simple, common sense approach to CPR in less than 30 minutes.

“The average person rarely needs the traditional CPR training and studies have shown that participants who learn in shorter, more casual settings are often less intimidated by the skill and more willing to act when an emergency happens,” Pham added.

The Sanford Heart Hospital is proud to be a premier partner of Take Heart South Dakota.