The UC Davis Children's hospital has recently joined an effort to install automated defibrillators in schools in the Sacramento area.
Dr. Stuart Berger is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology for the hospital and the founder of "Project Adam." He says most people can survive a heart attack if they have help.
"The likelihood of survival if you have a cardiac arrest is anywhere from 65-to-85 percent. Whereas, if you don't have a cpr/aed program or you have what we call an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the likelihood of survival is 20 percent at best."
Berger started Project Adam in Wisconsin 15 years ago. It's named after a high school student who died of a heart attack. Berger says 100 lives have been saved in Wisconsin since the program began.
Project Adam has been operating in Sacramento for less than a year. So far, two schools in the Sacramento area have paid for the defibrillators, which costs about $1,000 each.