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Recently, fourteen New Hampshire communities were designated as HEARTSafe by the New Hampshire Bureau of EMS, their Department of Public Health and the American Heart Association after taking part in an effort to improve response, care and outcomes for victims of cardiac arrest. These communities have increased the number of residents skilled in CPR, educated them about the importance of quick response and have strategically deployed automated external defibrillators, among other measures. In recognizing these local achievements, the towns are provided with HEARTSafe Community road signs. Related article: http://www.wmur.com/health/30483785/detail.html#ixzz1mqJQ3pnA But what does this mean? Let’s start by looking at the populations of the communities, the annual projected number of cardiac arrests, and estimated survival rates at 5%, 10%, and 20%.