I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the advocates like you who have made your voices heard this year on legislation that will help improve preparedness and response to sudden cardiac arrest in New Jersey. You actions have helped to make a difference in New Jersey. Due in part to your action and dedication to this issue, lives will be saved.
In 2012, American Heart Association advocates have sent hundreds of messages to their elected officials in support of Janet's Law and an amendment to the Good Samaritan Law, and both passed with overwhelming support in the Legislature and were signed by Governor Christie. These new laws will increase the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places and encourage people to act during a cardiac emergency.
As many of you know, October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month. Sadly, it is estimated that approximately 300,000 people die annually from SCA, making it a leading cause of death in the US and New Jersey. Less than 10% of people who suffer SCA outside of a hospital will survive. Janet's Law and the changes that were made to the Good Samaritan law this year are excellent first steps in reversing this trend.
Thanks again for all you do to support the American Heart Association.