More than 250,000 deaths occur each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, SCA claims one life every two minutes. To decrease the death toll from SCA, it is important to understand what SCA is, what the symptoms and warning signs are, and how to respond and prevent SCA from occurring. More than 70 percent of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of SCA, but also believe SCA is a type of heart attack. But that is like comparing apples and oranges. You can take action today by sending a message to the Governor by clicking here:
October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month to raise awareness for SCA and help the public become more familiar with what it is, how it affects people, and what can be done to help save lives.
Time-to-treatment is critical when considering the chance of survival for an SCA victim.
1. Know the signs of SCA in order to react quickly. SCA strikes immediately and without warning. Victims will fall to the ground/collapse, become unresponsive, and will not breathe normally, if at all
2. Call 911 as soon as possible
3. Start Hands Only-CPR as quickly as possible. Bystanders should provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast (approximately 100 beats per minute) in the middle of the victim’s chest, with minimal interruptions.
4. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) if one is available on site