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How serious is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?

359,000 people in the US each year suffer a SCA.
Under 7% is the current survival rate.
The likelihood of successful resuscitation decreases by 7-10% with every minute that passes.
The average EMS response time is 7 minutes.


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What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease. It can come on suddenly or in the wake of other symptoms. Cardiac arrest is fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately. 

More than 359,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital in the U.S. each year.
In cardiac arrest, death can result quickly if proper steps aren’t taken immediately. Cardiac arrest may be reversed if CPR is performed and a defibrillator shocks the heart and restores a normal heart rhythm within seconds. 

What is an automated external defibrillator?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. 

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