The Independence Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Hearts initiative supports prevention strategies that address cardiovascular disparities in underserved populations in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest and detection of conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest, the Healthy Hearts initiative funds programs that increase access to free CPR and AED education/training and free heart screenings for children.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths1. Studies show that 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency due to feeling incapable of properly administering CPR or because they are afraid of hurting the victim2. The problem is particularly acute in Philadelphia, where more than 1,100 people died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2015. The percentage of people in Philadelphia who received bystander CPR in 2015 was half the national average (40.6 percent nationally vs. 20.3 percent in Philadelphia3).
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Hearts initiative supports primary and secondary prevention strategies to address cardiovascular disparities in vulnerable and high-risk populations within Southeastern Pennsylvania.
1. "Heart Disease Facts", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2. "CPR Statistics", American Heart Association
3. "CPR Ready Campaign aims to save lives through CPR Preparedness", Philadelphia Regional CPR Awareness Coalition