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Killingworth is HEARTSafe
Tim Kahre, Dan Siegel, Mark Clifton, Cathy Iino and Michele Connelly.
The Department of Public Health started the HEARTSafe Communities Program in the spring of 2006 to foster community environments that improve the survival odds for people suffering sudden cardiac events, such as cardiac arrests or heart attacks.

A HEARTSafe Community promotes and supports the American Heart Association's 'Chain of Survival': Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the community; public access to defibrillation through strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use by trained community members; trained and equipped first responders and early advanced care.

The HEARTSafe Community program was developed in Massachusetts and now many states have started their own programs. It is the hope that this program, developed, piloted and implemented here in New England, will spread across the country. There is a clear need for this program. Only 13% of Connecticut adults know all the proper heart attack signs. These signs include recurring chest discomfort or pain, pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; and other symptoms that may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

It has been proven that educating the public to recognize cardiac events will save lives by providing prompt emergency response and care, starting with informed and trained bystanders and continuing through first responders to advanced pre-hospital emergency care. Killingworth is one of one hundred and twelfth towns and cities in Connecticut that have achieved the three-year HEARTSafe designation, along with 7 companies.

Designation as a HEARTSafe Community represents a true community effort. Most importantly, it recognizes the citizens throughout the community that took the time and effort to become CPR and AED certified. Killingworth has demonstrated its commitment toward ensuring that its residents and visitors receive the early lifesaving response proven to increase the chances of survival for heart attack victims.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, Office of Emergency Medical Services and the American Heart Association would like to congratulate the community of Killingworth for achieving designation as a HEARTSafe Community.

For additional information contact: Michele Connelly, HEARTSafe Coordinator, DPH Office of Emergency Services. (860) 509-7973; DPH.HEARTSafe@CT.gov HEARTSafe Community Program Information: www.ct.gov/ dph/heartsafe