The Ticino Cuore Foundation was born in 2005 by an innovative idea supported by both the FCTSA and the Cardio Centro Ticino with the goal of increasing the survival rate of people hit by sudden cardiac arrest.
As a local institution, the activities proposed by the foundation are mainly performed within the cantonal boarders of the Ticino territory. Thanks to this restricted field of activity, the foundation performs and offers a wide range of services, which go from third-parties fundraising to spontaneous donations and loans to reach the established objectives.
At the present, there are between 250 and 300 yearly sudden cardiac arrests in Ticino. In this context, even a minor loss of time decreases the chances for a successful resuscitation from the 7 up to the 10%. With the help of prompt lifesaving measures, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) together with the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) by amateur first-responders, the quality of life for patients hit by sudden cardiac arrests can improve significantly.
Up to today, the global survival rate in Ticino approximately amounts to 14%. However, the same survival rate reaches an astonishing 43% in case of ventricular fibrillation. Of course, this is a significant result, which according to the scientific literature, elevates our Canton among the most outstanding organizations worldwide.