Written by Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona
Did you know, October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? Do you know what sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is? Can you recognize the symptoms? What do you do if you see someone have an SCA?
Just in case you didn’t know, Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating for various reasons. SCA’s claim one life every two minutes, taking more lives than *** cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. SCA’s are so fatal because blood immediately stops flowing to the organs and more importantly, to the brain. If not treated within minutes, a SCA causes death.
The symptoms of SCA are sudden and drastic and include: sudden collapse, no pulse, gasping or no breathing, and loss of consciousness. Unfortunately, typically SCA’s happens without any of the warning signs that you typically see with a traditional cardiac emergency.
If you come upon someone and suspect SCA or you see someone have an SCA the most important things to do are 1) Call 9-1-1 and 2) start Hands-On CPR by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gee’s Song “Stayin’ Alive.”
Don’t know CPR yourself? Click here to learn Hands-Only CPR and you could save a life. It may be the life of someone you love.
The AHA is working to pass Hands Only CPR training in schools to improve survival rates in our communities. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Nicole Olmstead or Josh Brown for more information.
Hands-Only CPR is Why.