Take Heart America (THA) is a demonstration project designed to show how cardiac arrest survival rates in America’s cities can be significantly increased through a comprehensive, community-wide approach. THA has deployed state-of-the art resuscitation science strategies and outreach programs in four demonstration communities: St. Cloud, MN; Anoka Co, MN; Columbus, OH; and Austin, Texas. Combining the efforts of doctors, nurses, paramedics, health educators and community leaders, THA has successfully proved the validity of our general concept by increasing survival rates more than two-fold.
Sudden cardiac arrest claims more than 300,000 lives per year, nearly 1,000 people each day in the United States alone. Current statistics reveal merely five percent of SCA victims survive to leave the hospital.
Take Heart America was founded by a network of visionaries who recognized that a coordinated, comprehensive approach to resuscitation therapies would substantially increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates beyond the benefits achieved with individual therapies alone. The initial results from St. Cloud MN and Anoka MN have been remarkably successful.
Building community awareness is paramount to the Take Heart America strategy for saving lives. Teaching CPR and encouraging those who have been trained to act when necessary can significantly increase an SCA victim’s chance of survival. THA’s strategy to deploy automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in residential communities and public places along with improving the resuscitation techniques of professional rescuers will also increase the chances for the victim to survive and resume a productive life. THA strategies involve working with hospitals to develop clear procedures for ensuring optimal hospital treatment and post-resuscitation care for each SCA survivor.
Take Heart America’s mission is to coordinate the delivery of several proven therapies that, when used in combination, have the capacity to improve the survival rate of victims who suffer out-of hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Our goal is to increase that survival rate from its current five percent to more than 20 percent.
THA Board of directors is comprised of nationally recognized leaders in the field of resuscitation.
Take Heart America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Minnesota.