When Craig Crispin looked into acquiring heart defibrillators for his small law firm, the research alone was enough to give him major palpitations.

After all, the stats he came across were pretty terrifying: After sudden cardiac arrest — the No. 1 killer in the U.S. — the survival rate goes down by around 10 percent every minute. “You reach the 50 percent mark after only five minutes,” says Crispin, managing shareholder of Crispin Employment Lawyers in Portland, Ore. “Even if you call 911 right away, I can’t see them getting here in five minutes.”

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