October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)Month
350,000 deaths occur each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, SCA claims one life every
two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer, or AIDS.
More than 65 percent of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of SCA, but also believe SCA is a
type of heart attack. A heart attack is a plumbing problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem. This
chaotic rhythm of the heart stops the flow of blood throughout the body.
Responding to SCA — Time is Everything
Time-to-treatment is critical when considering the chance of survival
for an SCA victim. Ninety-five percent of those who experience sudden cardiac arrest die because they do not
receive life-saving defibrillation within four to six minutes, before brain and permanent death start to occur.
But many people do not know how to respond when someone experiences SCA.
sequence to survival is:
Recognizing the signs of sudden cardiac
Call 911 as soon as possible
Use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) if
one is available on site
Paramedics arrive with advanced care
The truth is; as good as 9-1-1 is, it's not perfect. There
simply isn't time to wait for help to arrive. Someone must step in and fill the void until 9-1-1 gets there or
the outcome is most likely dismal.