News Tip

AED Saved Soccer Player’s Life! Where is your AED?

If you or someone in your area had a heart attack, do you know where your nearest defibrillator is located? An automated external defibrillator (AED) can be critical towards saving someone’s life. 

Recently, an international soccer player suffered a heart attack in front of millions of fans. Quick thinking and use of the AED saved his life. In an interview, the team’s doctor said, “We got him back with one hit”. Referring to the fact that Christian’s heart had stopped and the portable defibrillator was used to restart his heart. Horrified fans watched as Christian’s heart was brought back to a beating rhythm. 

Having access to a portable defibrillator has been life-saving to thousands. Do you know where your closest defibrillator is located? Are you familiar with how to use one? Find out by visiting the American Red Cross. There are local classes in the community or online. Follow the link to obtain more information about this critical tool. 

Sourced from the, here are some startling facts about heart attacks: 

*Heart Disease in the United States

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.1
  • One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.1
  • About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.2
  • Heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion each year from 2014 to 2015.3 This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.


You can call our local Red Cross on Gaither Road in Gaithersburg, MD at 
(301) 212-2700
or online

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