AEDs In Hockey Arenas Will Help Save Lives


Prime Minister Harper announces support of $10 million for a four-year initiative (2012-2016) between the Government of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) to put in place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and in hockey arenas across the country in order to help save lives. 

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians while encouraging active and healthy lifestyles.

[Defibrillators are electronic devices used to restart a person’s heart that has stopped beating. They are safe, easy to use, and can be operated effectively by the public.]

According to the HSFC, up to 40,000 Canadians experience a sudden cardiac arrest each year. Early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation – preferably within the first one to three minutes after cardiac arrest – may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more, potentially saving the lives of thousands of Canadians each year.

Risk of cardiac arrest is increased during intense physical activity, like playing hockey, and especially in people with underlying cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure. Through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s AED program, the Government of Canada will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) who will work with its partners to ensure that community hockey arenas across Canada are provided with defibrillators and appropriate attendant training.

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