“If I’d had this happen to me anywhere else, I don’t think we’d be sitting here having this conversation.”
In February 2020, Carle Health & Fitness Center Member Warren Salzman suffered cardiac arrest while at the Center. Quick actions by both members and CHFC staff to provide life-saving CPR and use of AED improved Warren’s chance to survive.
Hear Warren’s story:
Every year, more than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart stops beating without any warning. In the agonizing moments before paramedics arrive, there’s no blood circulating in the body to deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs; death is just minutes away. “When the cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital setting, the survival rate ranges from 2% to 15%,” says Dr. Kei Ouchi, an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Source: Harvard Health