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WOW! Does it really happen that often!
EVERYDAY More than 1,000 people in the US are afflicted by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Sadly, less than 10% survive, simply because no one came forward to deliver CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation).
|“American Heart Association say 'nearly 360,00”|
|“Heart Rhythm Society say '350,000”|
|"Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation say '424,000"|
|"Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association say 'more than 325,000"|
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What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
SCA is an electrical malfunction of the heart. The heart has an electrical system which keeps it beating at a regular rate. Sometimes this electrical system can suddenly cause the heart to stop pumping blood throughout the body. Blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs and person immediately falls to the ground.
SCA is NOT a heart attack. A heart attack occurs if blood flow to part of the heart muscle is blocked. During a heart attack, the heart usually doesn't suddenly stop beating.
How do people refer to it?
You will often hear peoplereferring to an SCA in the following ways:
"He died of a massive heart attack."
"She just just keeled over."
"He died suddenly."
"She was standing by the sink and just dropped to the floor."
Who Does It Happen To?
Anyone can have an SCA. Unlike a heart attack which is related to live style and genetic, SCA?s often happen young healthy people or middle aged people or older people. The heart develops an unsteady rhythm and it happens.
The good news is that with a few simple steps, many of these otherwise healthy people can be brought back to life and live a normal life. To do this we need your help.