Minn. city uses defibrillators to boost heart attack survival

10/25/2013 | NBC News

Army veteran Ron Cath survived a sudden cardiac arrest in May, thanks to an initiative to equip first-responder vehicles and police cars in Rochester, Minn., with automated external defibrillators. The device allowed police to shock Cath back to life within the first few minutes and before paramedics arrived. Since the program was launched in 1990, the city has seen a 58% rate of survival for people who suffer a heart attack outside a hospital, the highest such rate in the country.

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