nearly 350,000 Americans will suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and most of them (95%) will die before emergency care arrives. Studies show that a shock delivered with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within a few minutes is the most effective way to increase the chance of survival for victims in ventricular fibrillation.
It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. SCA is most often caused by an electrical malfunction in the heart called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF). This condition causes the heart muscle to quiver uselessly and requires a measured pulse of electricity to restore its normal rhythm. Every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival decreases 7-10% for victims of sudden Cardiac Arrest (see chart)!
Even within the most efficient Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, response times can take from 6 to 10 minutes or more! In a cardiac arrest emergency, time is of the essence. For every minute defibrillation is delayed, even with CPR, the victim’s chance of survival decreases 7-10%! Typically, the survival rate for victims of SCA is approximately 5%! However, where victims of Ventricular Fibrillation receive a lifesaving AED shock within 3 minutes of collapsing, the survival rate can jump to 74 percent. By having access to an AED, the odds for survival are dramatically increased.
SCA is the single greatest killer and there is something we can do about it!
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