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630 CHED Heart Pledge Day raises $355K for life-saving care in Edmonton

630 CHED Heart Pledge Day raising money for life-saving care in Edmonton
WATCH ABOVE: Kendra Slugoski reports on how 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day is raising money for life-saving care in Edmonton.

On Tuesday, 630 CHED was once again on location at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute at the University of Alberta Hospital for 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day.

The fundraiser ended up raising $355,000, the largest amount in its history.

Doctors and patients spent the day sharing stories of the life-saving moments that happen every day at the Maz live on 630 CHED.

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This year, the hospital is looking to replace aging echocardiogram technology with newer equipment.

The new machines will provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging, better measurement and detection of cardiac dysfunction and better reporting on blood circulation.

Bruce Bowie interviews University Hospital Foundation employees during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019.
Bruce Bowie interviews University Hospital Foundation employees during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED
Global News' Kendra Slugoski on location with Bruce Bowie at 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019.
Global News' Kendra Slugoski on location with Bruce Bowie at 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019. Kendra Slugoski/Global
Hearts representing donors are seen on the Rosenau Transport Heart Wall at 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019.
Hearts representing donors are seen on the Rosenau Transport Heart Wall at 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED
Ryan Jespersen speaks with former patient Jim Hinde during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019.
Ryan Jespersen speaks with former patient Jim Hinde during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019. 630 CHED
Ryan Jespersen interviews Dr. Rob Welsh during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019.
Ryan Jespersen interviews Dr. Rob Welsh during 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 26, 2019. 630 CHED

According to the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, 90 per cent of all life-saving treatment plans involve an echocardiogram.

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In previous years, the money raised has gone to support the cardiovascular intensive care unit, buying portable life-saving equipment for patients so sick they wouldn’t make it to the hospital alive without it and purchasing a specialized cooling system that protects the brains of heart attack patients by lowering their body temperature.

The Mazankowsi is a world leader in cardiac care and surgery located at the University of Alberta Hospital.

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Last year, more than $157,000 was raised to support the institute.