Each day, the human heart is responsible for pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood. The human heart also has a complex electrical system that regulates and synchronizes the beating of the heart. When this system malfunctions, the heart can be sent into a dangerously erratic rhythm, this is known as a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Unlike a heart attack, SCA strikes without warning and the causes are unknown. Treatment of SCA is a race against the clock. The combination of early, immediate CPR and automatic external defibrillation (AED) can more than double a victim’s chance of survival.
The American Heart Association and its you’re the Cure advocates, support a comprehensive approach to addressing sudden cardiac arrest. These approaches include:
• More research into the causes of SCA
• Championing policy change that encourages bystander CPR, as well as CPR and AED training of students prior to graduating from high school
• Increasing public awareness of SCA and its causes through activities such as CPR and AED Awareness Week in June.
We can bring awareness to this issue and the race against the clock that is all too familiar to those who experience SCA by contacting our law makers and letting them know about this issue.
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