Northbrook: A Heart-Safe Community

It is the JLS Teen Heart Foundation’s objective to introduce a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs in Northbrook and its surrounding communities, which display the following characteristics:


  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are installed in high-traffic, high risk public areas of the community; especially where youth frequent
  • The community is informed and educated about CPR and AED use, training and maintenance
  • Program installation, maintenance and training is documented

The only definitive emergency treatment for SCA is defibrillation (AED use), which involves the rapid delivery of an electric shock to the heart.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the condition in which the heart unexpectedly ceases to function. If not treated within minutes, SCA results in death.

Contrary to what many people believe, SCA in youth is not a rare occurrence. It is happening to thousands of kids each year – both athletes and non-athletes. They are dying every day from Sudden Cardiac Arrest – some on the football field, some on the soccer field, and some on the playground.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a public health issue.

Most people don’t recognize SCA when it occurs in young people nor do they know how to respond to it. Communities don’t realize that with increased access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) wherever youth congregate, as well as trained individuals in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), we will save lives.