PICKENS — Pickens High School received a special gift from AnMed Health and Canon Memorial Hospital on March 25, the gift to potentially save lives.
The gift was an Automatic External Defibrillator donated by the two health organizations along with the assistance of the Anderson County Heart and Stroke Safe Community initiative, a coalition of health organizations that have teamed up to educate residents about surviving heart attacks and strokes
Principal Marion Lawson, a heart attack survivor himself, gladly accepted the gift.
With the donation of the AED, Pickens High School will be better equipped to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
The program, started in 2008, has been in place to distribute AED’s and life saving information to community schools and organizations.
Lawson himself encouraged members of the community “to learn CPR, reduce your risk of heart disease, know the heart attack warning signs, and to call 911 if you think someone else is experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.”
Signs of a heart attack, according to AnMed Health are pain, pressure, tightness, fullness or burning in the chest or back, pain in one or both arms, shoulders, neck or jaw, cold sweats, light headedness, fatigue or fainting, abdominal pressure,nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath.
AED’s are used to administer an electronic shock to the heart and restore normal heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. According to AnMed officials, each minute heart defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival is decreased by some 10 percent.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.