Sudden Cardiac Arrest Overview

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in North America. In fact, sudden cardiac arrest is truly a public health crisis. Unlike other health problems of this magnitude, however, sudden cardiac arrest is treatable. The cure for most cases of sudden cardiac arrest is immediate treatment with a defibrillator, a device that shocks the heart out of a fatal rhythm, allowing a normal, healthy rhythm to resume.

Unfortunately, although science and industry have developed a safe and effective cure that works, few victims of sudden cardiac arrest have quick access to this treatment. Why? Because many communities have not yet developed strategies to ensure that a defibrillator reaches every victim of sudden cardiac arrest within five minutes of collapse.

As a result, in most communities, fewer than five percent of victims survive. In contrast, some communities with strong response systems have achieved survival rates of 30 to 50 percent and more.

It really doesn't matter who brings the defibrillator to the victim's side. The important thing is to make sure a working defibrillator is readily available and there is an action plan to ensure the device and trained rescuers reach the victim in time.

The sections that follow describe the problem of sudden cardiac arrest and the solution for sudden cardiac arrest in more detail.

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