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Take Heart St. Cloud

Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Take Heart St. Cloud Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Initiative began in 2005 as a pilot project. The goal was to see if survival rates could be greatly increased through a system-based, community-wide approach to faster and better treatment.

Take Heart Goals

  • Provide free community training in bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Sign up today for a free one hour training session by calling 320-420-1839. NOTE: This training does NOT qualify for CPR certification.
  • Improve resuscitation techniques of emergency workers and first responders
  • Place more AEDs into the community
  • Use therapeutic hypothermia to prevent brain damage

Since the program began, cardiac arrest survival rates in St. Cloud have more than doubled, from 8.5 percent to 19 percent. Due to its success, Take Heart was implemented statewide – Take Heart Minnesota. The program is funded through a grant from the CentraCare Health Foundation.