Boyd County to be Recognized as HeartSafe Community

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- If you happen to suffer from a heart attack in Boyd County, the American Heart Association says you have a higher chance of surviving.

Thursday, Boyd County will be recognized as a HeartSafe community by the Kentucky Department for Public Health's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services and the American Heart Association.

In order for the county to receive the recognition the county had to meet stringent standards to promote and support critical links for chain of survival for cardiac arrest.

The county was helped by King's Daughters Medical Center with:

  • CPR training in the community
  • Public access to AEDs
  • Early advanced care delivered by a response vehicle staffed by Advanced EMTs or Paramedics
  • Plan/process to evaluate and improve the chain of survival

    Because Boyd County is a HeartSafe community, its residents who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest are more likely to survive because they have rapid access to life-saving treatment.

    The recognition is scheduled to take place at KDMC at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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