WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Kristen's Heartbeats is a CPR Advocacy and Training group committed to saving more lives by raising awareness around the importance of CPR and delivering science-based training in a convenient and compelling group format.
Hi, I'm Kristen. On August 24, 2019, I experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). My heart stopped for nearly 30 minutes and yet, I survived. While 90% of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims don't survive, my fate was different for one reason. I received Hands-Only CPR almost immediately after collapsing.
Thankfully, just a few short years earlier, my son learned the basics of CPR during a 7th grade health class. He was able to recognize my emergency and knew what to do. Even though my heart had stopped pumping on its own, my 15 year old son manually kept blood pumping through my body by delivering chest compressions until paramedics could revive my heart.
While I'm living proof that CPR saves lives (and that kids should pay attention in school) - my son is proof that basic CPR training arms people with the necessary skills to save a life. Saving lives is important stuff.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
We’re on a mission to save more lives by building an army of CPR-ready rescuers. vision for a future where CPR training is recognized as a basic life-skill.
We're passionate about working with legislators to make CPR a mandatory and consistent part of curriculum for students and staff in grades K-12 and committed to supporting our communities' first responders with cutting-edge training materials.
We believe in a future where the majority are CPR trained and have a vision for saving more lives, more families and more hearts.
The Day My Heart Stopped
On Saturday, August 24th, 2019, I'd just finished making breakfast for the kids when I collapsed and fell to the floor. My heart completely stopped. Out of the blue. No warning. No symptoms. Just Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
With my husband at work that morning, my life was literally in the hands of our four children. Unbeknownst to us, our 15 year old son studied CPR in middle school... and fortunately for us, has the memory of an elephant. Eddie was able to recall his training - and for 6 terrifying minutes - bravely delivered life-saving chest compressions until first responders arrived and took over. 13 EMT's stormed our home that morning, and I'm told they "threw the book" at me (that's EMT speak for "tried all the things" ) to bring my heart back into rhythm - every attempt for my kids as much as for me. Finally, after 19 minutes of CPR, my heart responded and I regained a pulse.
It gets overwhelming to think that without my son and CPR, I wouldn't be here today. At the same time, that giant truth bomb sets my heart on fire and gives me purpose.
I hope you'll join Kristen's Heart Beats for CPR in an effort to save more lives, more families and more hearts.