is sudden cardiac arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not a heart attack.
It is a condition in which the heartbeat stops abruptly and unexpectedly.
This usually is caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF), an abnormality
in the heart's electrical system. When this happens, blood stops flowing
to the brain the heart and the rest of the body, and the person collapses.
In fact, the victim is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone
helps immediately. A quick combination of CPR and defibrillation can
What are some of the symptoms of a possible cardiac problem?
If any of the following signs are present in a child,
or if a family history of these signs exists, the child should be
evaluated further by his or her primary care physician:
or dizziness especially during or immediately after exercise
or racing heartbeats
fatigue associated with exercise
shortness of breath with exercise
chest pain or discomfort with exercise
or racing heart beats
death from cardiovascular death in a close relative younger than
relatives with heart conditions
What are some of the risk factors that may be an indicator?
history of heart disease
members with unexplained fainting
death(under age 50)of a family member
are some non-invasive tests that can be done to prevent cardiac arrest?
24 hour Ambulatory Monitoring
or EKG) Monitoring
resonance imaging (MRI)
computed tomography (CT) scan
stress testing Electrophysiologic
What is the best way to treat a cardiac arrest?
Advance Life Care
What are the Statistics of Early Defibrillation?
For every minute that passes without defibrillation,
a victim's chance of survival decreases 10 percent.
PAD programs can raise survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac
arrest from below 5 percent to as high as 50 percent. Estimates
that widespread availability and use of automated external defibrillators
(AEDs) could save as many as 50,000 Americans each year.
average, it takes EMS teams in the U.S. an average of 6 to 12 minutes
90-95 percent of all SCA victims die. Documented AED programs have
shown that survival rates can rise to 70 percent or more when an
AED program is in place.
every state includes the "good faith" use of an AED by
any person under the Good Samaritan Laws.
school children with moderate training can learn to use (AEDs) to
save the lives of cardiac arrest victims almost as quickly and efficiently
as professional emergency medical personnel.