Sudden Cardiac Arrest - The Silent Killer
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is caused by an electrical malfunction
of the heart called ventricular fibrillation, during which time
electrical signals that normally induce regular, coordinated heartbeats
suddenly go away.
Defibrillation, an electric shock across the heart is the only
effective treatment stopping the arrhythmia and allowing a coordinated
heart rhythm to resume.
Every year, SCA strikes 350,000 people and less than 5 percent survive.
Time is of the Essence!
Surviving SCA is largely dependent
on how quickly the victim is defibrillated.
Access to conveniently located automatic
external defibrillators (AED's) allow defibrillation to occur
much earlier. Survival rates of over 50% have been consistently
achieved with the implementation of properly designed programs.