Idaho Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and awareness of cardiovascular health in the community. One of our projects focuses on CPR and AED awareness and use. We have been providing demonstrations of CPR and AEDs at public events and schools throughout the community. The Idaho Falls Fire Department voluntarily provides these demonstrations for us. We are also dedicated to purchasing AEDs for the community where they are needed: such as schools, police cars and other public places such as parks and museums
The Idaho Heart Foundation also supports cardiovascular patient support groups such as the Heart 2 Heart Support Group for heart failure and heart transplant patients. This is an important group where patients are caring for patients. This unique group focuses on the ‘How to live a healthy life with heart failure through very difficult life style changes such as eating healthier and limiting excessive salt use”.
Idaho Heart Foundation
What is the cost to save a life? Answer: Nothing. What is a life worth (your grandmother, father, son, daughter, friend, co-worker)? Answer: Priceless.
It may start as a usual day, but when you or someone you love suddenly has a heart attack everything changes! But, in this case, there are bystanders who witnessed it and they did the right thing by calling 9-1-1. The minutes tick by and time seems to stand still. Meanwhile you or your loved one is still having that heart attack with lots of pain and by now lots of panic.
We know now that early CPR and use of an AED is essential to saving lives. Bystanders, people like you and me, can make a difference with saving someone’s life!
635,000 Americans have a heart attack every year and account for every 1 in 3 deaths. This equates to every 34 seconds 1 American will have a heart attack and that every 1 minute someone will die of their cardiovascular event. Current data shows 22% of these persons are already dead by the time help arrives, 37% of persons having a heart attack outside of a hospital are witnessed by someone. But there is hope, 33% received CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by someone before help arrived! Of the persons who had CPR, 11% survived compared to the persons who had a witnessed heart attack and did not get CPR (only 7% survival). An AED was used in 4% of victims before help arrived and of these 30% survived!
Idaho Heart Foundation (IHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education & awareness of cardiovascular health. We plan to raise enough money this year to purchase 100 AEDs and support the Fire Department with training equipment. The IHF also supports cardiovascular patient support groups such as the Heart 2 Heart Support Group for heart failure and heart transplant patients.