Six towns get heart attack aids

Saturday, October 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Devices delivered to six Oklahoma communities will give heart attack victims a better chance of survival.

Portable defibrillators were delivered yesterday to cities and towns in Logan and Canadian counties.

The devices were purchased through a 232-thousand dollar grant from the federal Health Resources Services Administration. The program targets rural areas, which have a high number of cardiovascular deaths.

The Health Department says the machines could save the lives of more than 300 Oklahomans a year by restarting their hearts after cardiac arrest.

The devices are designed to be used by non-medical personnel. They are particularly effective when placed in radio-dispatched mobile units that can respond quickly to medical emergencies.