Raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest
On average, 1,000 people a day—including three children—experience sudden cardiac arrest. Project S.A.V.E. was started in 2004 with the mission of promoting and improving prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in children, adolescents and others in Georgia communities.
Cardiac arrest can often be prevented through:
- A comprehensive history and physical exam for student athletes before participation in sports
- Pediatric cardiac risk assessment for all children by primary care, emergency department and sports medicine providers
- Awareness of early warning signs and symptoms of pediatric heart conditions by primary care physicians, school nurses, coaches, physical education teachers, parents and others who work with kids
- Prompt referral for further evaluation when warning signs are present
Any community in Georgia can become a Project S.A.V.E HeartSafe Community by requesting a consultation from our staff and completing a checklist demonstrating successful implementation of our program.