Roper St. Francis HeartSave, the hospital system's cardiac health program, donated 15 Automated External Defibrillators on Tuesday that soon will be installed in more than a dozen city of Charleston buildings, officials said.

William Grossman, a cardiologist who started the HeartSave program in 2005, said the portable, life-saving devices, which restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest, are easy for anyone to use.

Sudden cardiac arrest causes about 325,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to national statistics.

Victims of cardiac arrest can be saved if a defibrillator is used immediately, hospital officials said.

The defibrillators will be put in city hall, the municipal courthouse, the Maritime Center and the Dock Street Theatre, among other buildings, they said.