Where We Live – NPR Podcast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Jonathan Reiner, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at GW Hospital, board director at GW Cardiovascular Institute and professor of medicine at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was a guest on NPR’s Hartford, Connecticut broadcast of Where We Live.

Listen to the Podcast: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/node/17301

Each year more than 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest – that’s more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor vehicle accidents, and violent traumatic events combined.

Health officials say widespread public access to Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs…small easy-to-use devices, could drastically reduce the death rate.

So why aren’t they more accessible?

Today Where We Live will talk to a Jonathan Reiner, MD a cardiac specialist and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at The George Washington University Hospital, who has spent much of the past year drafting the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, which was just introduced to Congress last week by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX). If passed, the bill would provide a uniform baseline of Good Samaritan protection on a federal level.

And we’ll hear from a Hamden resident who survived Sudden Cardiac Arrest, thanks to the efforts of strangers who did more than just dial 911.