Cardiac response nets Bullitt designation as HeartSafe Community

From: The Courier-Journal

Bullitt County health officials have shown a lot of heart when it comes to their response to cardiac arrest.

That’s according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which recently announced the addition of Bullitt County as a HeartSafe Community.

The award was presented to county health officials at a July 25 reception at the River’s Edge in Shepherdsville.

The honor is given to communities that meet criteria for improved response to cardiac arrests. Jefferson County is the only county adjacent to Bullitt that has earned the designation. Shelby County also is an honoree.

The HeartSafe Community program was launched two years ago by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program as a way to help communities improve the chances that anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest will have the best possible chance for survival. Public Health is collaborating with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services  and American Heart Association on the project.

“Every second counts when responding to cardiac arrests,” said Andrea Renfrow, public health director for Bullitt County. “It is through early access to cardiac care and CPR that we see improved outcomes. We’re proud of this collaborative effort that recognizes the community’s dedication to respond rapidly when individuals experience symptoms of cardiac arrests.”

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