Each year, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes more than six million lives worldwide. SCA often happens without warning, and when it happens, it is often devastating. It can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. SCA can strike regardless of age, race or gender, affecting all ages from infants to seniors.
With a survival rate of five percent or less, SCA is responsible for more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. It occurs abruptly and without warning, with 84 percent of SCA events occurring away from a healthcare setting.
Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) immediately after an SCA attack can increase the survival rate for SCA up to 75 percent. AEDs are extremely easy to operate and can be used by minimally trained bystanders to dramatically increase survival rates.
Fortunately, AEDs are becoming more prevalent in public places and survival rates are on the rise, but still have a long way to go.
The video below, produced by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest foundation, highlights SCA survivors that were saved thanks to CPR, AEDs, and people like you.
Help us increase SCA survival rates by sharing this page with your friends and family!