Sending Office: Honorable David P. Roe
You should have recently received an invite from the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation to attend the 4THANNUAL AED HUNT ON THE HILL on Thursday September 27 in Cannon 334 between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event is in support
of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month. September is Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month and a good time to focus on how automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Hosted by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, AED Hunt on the Hill is an educational event for congressional staff members to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest, cardiomyopathy’s relevance, and the importance of automated external defibrillators
(AED). A representative from George Washington University’s Lifesavers Program will be giving AED demonstrations and reviewing the steps for handling a cardiac emergency.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a significant cause of death in the U.S., claiming 356,000 lives per year, including 7,000 youth under age 18. Unfortunately only one in every 10 victims survives. When cardiomyopathy — a chronic heart condition that affects
how the heart pumps blood through the body — is not diagnosed, a cardiac arrest can occur, especially among young athletes. In order to save more lives, it is critical to know the signs of cardiomyopathy, have AEDs in accessible locations, and encourage bystanders
to quickly use an AED when SCA strikes.
I hope you will join me on September 27 to highlight this important issue.
Phil Roe, M.D.
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