Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors and their Heroes

According to the American Heart Association, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest annually, and the national survival rate is only about 10%.  In 2018 in Lake Oswego, the survival rate was approximately 27%--amongst the highest in the country.  Each year, we celebrate the survivors and the heroes that saved their lives.  The video below shares some of these stories:


Additional Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information:
Why is the Survival rate in Lake Oswego so high?

  • Highly Trained Emergency Responders (including 911 Operators, Fire & Police Personnel).
  • Integrated public safety system that helps Fire & Police partner together and with local hospitals and use the most up-to-date research to save lives.
  • Lake Oswego was the first city in the state to carry AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in police cars and motorcycles, and all police officers are trained in CPR and AED skills.  Police officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of a sudden cardiac arrest. 

More stats:

  • The national bystander CPR rate is 46%.  The bystander CPR rate in Lake Oswego in 2018 was 58%.
  • The national average EMS response time is 7 minutes.  In Lake Oswego, it is approximately 4 minutes.
  • For the last ten years, emergency responders have taught 240 seventh graders hands-only CPR. 
  • There are AEDs in numerous public locations, including the Adult Community Center, City Hall, Foothills Park, Hazelia Field, Millennium Plaza Park, Public Golf Couse, and more.

How can I help?

  • Learn CPR and commit to take action when help is needed.  Hands-only CPR is taught at several community events each year, including the Farmers’ Market and Emergency Preparedness Fair.  In addition, full CPR and First Aid courses are taught through the Parks & Recreation Department:
  • Once trained, download PulsePoint on your mobile device.  PulsePoint is an app that empowers CPR-trained citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  App users who have indicated that they are trained in CPR and willing to assist can be notified when someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency that may require CPR.