Research shows that communities increase survival and recovery rates for victims of heart attack, stroke, or sudden cardiac arrest when residents:
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort, but it can occur before the chest discomfort.
Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea (vomiting) and back or jaw pain.
These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be, or to serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Each North Dakota community is different, with unique needs and challenges. However, to become Cardiac Ready, each community must satisfy specific criteria. These standards prepare residents with the skills to respond to cardiac events. This includes CPR instruction, public access to AEDs, blood pressure screenings, resuscitation protocols and transport plans for EMS and area hospitals.
First, community stakeholders (elected officials, public health professionals, residents, etc.) unify as a team and agree to pursue the Cardiac Ready designation. Often, a lead coordinator serves as a liaison to the North Dakota Department of Health.
The community coordinator arranges a meeting with ND State Stroke Cardiac System Coordinator, who evaluates the community’s current readiness and steps to meet program criteria. This includes access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs), awareness campaigns, and community AED and CPR training.
Implement and Track:
After the conditions for Cardiac Ready designation are understood, the community works to update local practices and services per program standards.
The North Dakota Department of Health reviews community progress when a request is submitted. After this evaluation, the community will either receive feedback for areas of improvement or be granted Cardiac Ready Community designation.
Powers Lake is North Dakota’s first community to achieve the Cardiac Ready Community designation.
After a sudden cardiac event at the softball diamonds, the community of Hebron pulled together and is working towards Cardiac Ready Community certification.
Are you Cardiac Ready?
Ready to get started? Download the materials and contact the North Dakota Department of Health for more information.