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St. Anthony’s ‘Hearts’ AEDs

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Automated external defibrillators (AED) save lives. In those precious first moments after the heart is out of rhythm, an AED can diagnose the problem and shock the heart back into rhythm, avoiding irreversible brain damage or death.

Brett Arb knows all too well. Last summer, after the 33-year-old father of two suffered cardiac arrest at Vetta Sports Concord, a bystander used an AED to restore his cardiac rhythm.

“He’s here today only because of that AED,” said Brett’s cardiologist, Christopher Allen, M.D., FACC, with St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates. “The nurses, the emergency department doctors, the cath lab staff, nothing we did would have mattered had they not had that AED, because he would have had a lack of oxygen to his brain.”

Patients like Brett are the reason St. Anthony’s Employee Wellness Heart Care Fund, working with St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, have donated 36 AEDs to local community organizations over the last two years. Employees raised more than $80,000 for the AEDs.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to our community in this way,” said David Morton, M.D., Office of the President and Chief Medical Officer.