Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 22, 2013

Heart of the problem: Student spreads his story

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When cardiac arrest occurs, defibrillation is often the “single most important factor affecting survival,” says the SCA Association.

An AED machine works by sending an electric shock to the heart to restore the natural heart rhythm.

The red-and-white, wall-mounted boxes they often come in are the first thing Brantley notices when he enters a room.

But “a lot of gyms don’t have them. A lot of churches don’t have them,” he said. “They need to be everywhere.”

The machines don’t come cheap. An AED can cost around $1,200 to $1,400.

“But it’s worth it,” he said. “They can save lives.”

Even if there’s an AED handy, not everyone is trained to use them, Brantley said.

“They’re pretty simple, and there’s a little instruction book in the kit,” he said. “But training (class) is like four hours, one time.”

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Baylee Pulliam is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind.

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