Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) does not discriminate. No matter the age, gender, or race, cardiovascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States. People who have heart disease or congenital heart defects are at higher risk for SCA. However, SCA can happen in people who appear healthy and have no known heart disease or other risk factors.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects approximately 450,000 people in the United States each year. Normal Heart Rhythm can be restored if an electrical shock is delivered within minutes. In fact, electrical shock with a device such as an automated external defibrillator (AED) is the only way to treat SCA. Typically, these portable devices can be found in public places, such as shopping malls, golf courses, airports, airplanes, casinos, convention centers, hotels, sports venues, and schools. Considering the average established standard Emergency Medical Services response time is 8 minutes, the increased availability of publicly accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) dramatically increases the probability of surviving SCA.
The Importance of AEDS
The One Beat Foundation is a strong advocate for programs that place AEDs throughout communities. With more AEDs in the community, everyday citizens become part of the emergency response system, increasing the likelihood of saving a life.
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