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Last Updated: October 17, 2019

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed members of the healthcare community, local media, and enthused citizens at Baltimore City Hall Wednesday January 30, 2013 to highlight the importance of heart disease awareness, the leading overall cause of death in Baltimore City. February is National Heart Month and it kicked off at city hall aiming to raise awareness and prevention of heart disease, through events such as Go Red for Women Day and the 9th Annual Red Dress Sunday.

Chesapeake AED Services attended Wednesday morning’s press conference at city hall in support of National Heart Month. Heart Disease is the number one killer in Baltimore City as well as the number one killer among women in the U.S. The American Heart Association and St. Agnes hospital are offering important events this month aimed and raising awareness and encouraging the prevention of this terrible disease. National Wear Red Day is February 1, 2013, wear red to show your support to battle heart disease. Come out Saturday February 2 to Towson Town Center Mall from 11 am – 1 pm for free blood pressure screening, cooking demos, and Hands Only CPR Training from Chesapeake AED Services. Sunday February 10 is St. Agnes’ 9th Annual Red Dress Sunday an innovative faith-based health education program designed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease among women. For more information regard events for National Heart Month visit

Each year, 382,500 people experience sudden cardiac arrest. 9 out of 10 victims die; which is more than the number of individuals that die from AIDS, Alzheimer’s, assault with firearm, breast cancer, colon cancer, fire, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicide combined. Because AEDs are portable and can be used by nonmedical people, they can be made a part of Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs, which also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of CPR. By administering a shock with a defibrillator within two minutesMAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE KICKS OFF HEART MONTH of collapse, the chances of survival of sudden cardiac arrest are increased by 90%. The chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest without help is 5%, as the average response time for the EMS is 6-12 minutes.

In addition to AED sales and training, Chesapeake AED Services, LLC is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest professional CPR training companies. President and Trainer, Mike Marsiglia, was one of the first nationally registered paramedics in the state of Maryland. Mr. Marsiglia started Chesapeake Training Services in 2003. In 2005, Chesapeake Training Services became an Authorized American Heart Association Training Center as well as an American Health and Safety Institute-ASHI training center. The organization modified its business model to become Chesapeake AED Services in 2006, a distributor for Medtronic Physio Control LifePak family of AEDs, becoming a CORE partner in 2010. Chesapeake AED’s core purpose is give people the “The Power to Save a Life.”

For more information on AEDs or training, please visit: Chesapeake AED Services

Chesapeake AED Services is headquartered in Essex, Maryland