MAY 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Equipment that can help treat heart-attack victims even before they get to a hospital is in the hands of emergency responders in 41 counties in Arkansas. State health officials said yesterday that rural agencies in Arkansas had been given defibrillation devices that can help control the heart rate of people who suffer heart attacks.
The Arkansas Rural Automated External Defibrillation Coalition announced yesterday that it handed out 195 of the devices to first responders in 41 of the state's 75 counties. The devices help heart attack victims when no other medical treatment is available.
The coalition received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to buy the automated external defibrillators. The devices use a computer chip to interpret the heart rythyms to give the heart an electronic shock.