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Wild And Medtronic Foundation Team Up

Tuesday, 02.7.2006 / 9:43 AM CT / News
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Wild And Medtronic Foundation Team Up


    SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild and the Medtronic Foundation have joined forces during American Heart Month to educate the public about sudden cardiac arrest.  As part of their efforts, fans attending tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings will have an opportunity to learn more about automated external defibrillators (AEDs).  For more information on surviving sudden cardiac arrest the public is also invited to visit

    The following events and activities are scheduled as part of Tuesday’s game:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest survivor Gene Johnson will announce Let’s Play Hockey.
  • Tables will be located around the arena to teach fans about AEDs and sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Medtronic Foundation pucks will be given to all fans as they exit the arena.
  • An intermission hockey game featuring sudden cardiac arrest survivors will generate up to $5,000 to the Midwest Survivors Network for continued education programs and survivor support.

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills an estimated 1,000 people a day in the United States.  That’s more than stroke, accidents and Alzheimer’s disease combined.  Immediate defibrillation dramatically increases the chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest.  In fact, the American Heart Association recommends defibrillation in the first three to five minutes following an episode.  AEDs are designed to allow anyone to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.  They work automatically and only deliver a shock if needed.

    The Medtronic Foundation, through its HeartRescue program, has long supported defibrillation awareness and training programs designed to save people’s lives by learning more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and recognizing and being comfortable using AEDs.

    Medtronic’s HeartRescue program has partnered with more than 150 communities and organizations around the world and provided them with more than $5 million in grants.  Grants are focused on promoting the benefits of early defibrillation and on programs that train community members on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED use and provide support to survivors and their family.

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