Dothan may be the first Heart Safe city in Alabama

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Do you know how to use life-saving equipment if someone is experiencing heart-related health issues? Southeast Health is getting ready to re-launch its Heart-Safe Initiative.

According to the Director of the Southeast Health Foundation, Amy Bunting, the Heart Safe program will bring community awareness on how to respond when someone close by goes into sudden cardiac arrest.

She said this initiative will teach residents how to respond quickly by showing them hands-on CPR and how to use an AED, also know as a defibrillator.

“With sudden cardiac arrest, response time is crucial so by ensuring that somebody sitting beside you in restaurants knows CPR, you do, and you can locate the nearest AED, I mean it can save lives,” Bunting said.

She said her organization along with the Southeast Health System and the Dothan Fire Department’s goal is to get every business that wants an AED system, the opportunity to do so.

She said it’s their goal to make Dothan the first heart-safe city not only in the Wiregrass but across the state. Bunting said the city can only get this certification by having a certain amount of AED’s available throughout the community, something businesses can easily get access to.

“It’s not selective on age, race, male, female, sex, cardiac arrest can affect anybody at any time,” Bunting said.

Bunting tells WDHN it’s important everybody takes heart health very seriously not only for themselves but for the whole community.

If you are interested in getting CPR certified or learning how to use an AED, they are holding a community health fair on August 7 at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center. Bunting encourages businesses and residents not only to attend but also to take their own health seriously.

“It’s definitely important to get your yearly check-up with your doctor at any age,” Bunting said. “They can detect things early on before they even become a problem.”

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