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News Release

Henderson Named a HeartSafe Community

June 12, 2014



Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson is the first community in Southern Nevada and the only large municipality in the state to be named a HeartSafe Community by Nevada Project Heartbeat.

A HeartSafe Community puts a high priority on improving the cardiovascular health of its citizens and has all the elements of the American Heart Association’s “Chain of Survival” in place, thereby increasing the chances of someone surviving a cardiovascular emergency.

To attain the HeartSafe Community designation, the city had to demonstrate how programs implemented over the last decade have significantly improved response and care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Henderson Fire Department submitted an application for the HeartSafe Community designation and accumulated points, or “heartbeats,” in 26 categories. The city scored high marks in the following areas:

• Emergency 9-1-1 operators provide instructions to callers about caring for a cardiac arrest victim, providing a zero-minute response time for medical care
• Henderson Police officers receive CPR training and all patrol vehicles are equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
• Public-access defibrillation program maintains AEDs at all city facilities and at multiple businesses throughout the community
• AED loan program for use at sporting events and public gatherings at no cost
• Community CPR training offered to residents, schools, physicians’ offices and community groups
• STEMI alert system provides pre-hospital assessment and triage of patients, decreasing the time needed to diagnose and treat victims of cardiac arrest
• Early 12-lead electrocardiogram monitoring transmits data to a hospital so that doctors can formulate a treatment plan before the patient’s arrival
• Advanced life-saving enhancements such as induced hypothermia and cardio-cerebral resuscitation protocols

“The sooner that care is provided to a victim of cardiac arrest, the better their chances of surviving and returning to their families, their community, and their careers,” explains Mayor Andy Hafen. “Henderson residents can feel safe knowing that if they suffer a cardiac arrest event, they will have a quick response from a network of trained professionals who will provide the best possible medical care.”

Henderson has led the nation in cardiac arrest survivability rates for the last several years. In instances of cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation, Henderson Fire Department paramedics achieved a 50 percent survival rate, with 29 percent of those patients going home neurologically intact. Nationally, the survival rate for this type of cardiac arrest is 21 percent.

Nevada Project Heartbeat will present the city with HeartSafe Community street signs at the June 17 city council meeting.

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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with nearly 280,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and, one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the top six safest cities in America (Forbes,, Law Street Media,, and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

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