Could the Pope Give You a Heart Attack?

That’s the question one writer asks when reporting about Tinicum Township’s recent news of equipping the municipality (home to a large portion of Philadelphia International Airport) with 10 lifesaving HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philadelphia, PA area on September 26-27, 2015.

The AEDs will protect the township’s 4,000 citizens and hundreds of thousands of the Pope’s visitors in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a life-threatening condition in which the heart stops beating without warning.

Although it’s doubtful that the Pope himself will cause a visitor to experience a heart attack, SCA (which can be triggered by a heart attack) is a condition that can strike without warning, so it’s important to be prepared.

Approximately 84% of SCA incidents take place outside of a healthcare setting, and the time-sensitive condition claims over six million lives per year, so it is imperative that AEDs be placed in central locations that are within easy access to the public.

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