How Would You Respond To A Heart Emergency?

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Can you save a life?

Thunk! Right in front of you someone has suddenly collapsed and is unresponsive. You rush over to check their pulse — nothing.

What do you do?

That person is one of the thirty-five thousand people that experience sudden cardiac arrest every year. You have about five minutes to restore circulation. If you do not perform CPR or use an AED, or the ambulance doesn’t get there in time a life is lost forever.

Unfortunately, most people don’t survive sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, or a heart attack because it’s unexpected and they are not prepared to react to the emergency.

The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrests is less than 12 percent. However, using a CPR can double or triple the chances of survival.


  • Are you able to identify if a person is having sudden cardiac arrest?
  • Are you able to differentiate this from a stroke or heart attack?
  • Do you know what the proper procedures are to save someone’s life?

For the past several years heart disease has remained the second leading cause of death in Canada. Many know how to prevent it with lifestyle choices, but many don’t know how to deal with cardiac events that have the potential to end your life. Want to help change this scary statistic — What if you could do so by playing a game?

Can You Save Me is a voice-mediated chatbot that simulates three different conversational actions showcasing cardiac events at some of their deadliest moments. As a player, it’s your job to make decisions to save the person in question from either a stroke, sudden cardiac arrest, or a heart attack.

Also, Can You Save Me puts emphasis on the symptomatic differences between men and women during specific cardiac events. Are you up for it?

Can You Save Me was created to make educating yourself about how to respond to heart emergencies fun! It simulates the structure of a choose your own adventure game.

You, the player, are presented with a scenario in which you are witnessing a heart emergency. With every choice, you make you either come closer or further from your goal of saving a life.

Most players make mistakes while playing Can You Save Me. However, they quickly play the game again and learn from their mistakes. That way, when they are presented with life treating real-life situations they are prepared to save a life.

Can You Save Me was created while keeping in mind the effectiveness of active recall; which is the concept of practicing retrieving and reconstructing knowledge.

Several studies showcase that practicing using knowledge (i.e playing educational games such as Can You Save Me) benefits learners of different ages and abilities and has been shown to boost academic performance.

Furthermore, since Can You Save Me utilizes Active Recall the player enhances long-term, meaningful learning while playing the game. This empowers the player to keep the knowledge they have learned by playing Can You Save Me for a long time.

Can You Save Me was created during uottahack with Kristina Arezina, Emily Nguyen, Thomas Hai Li, and Thiago Hissa.

I am passionate about health and technology especially when the two are used together to help others.

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