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Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Things You Should Know

Did you know?

  • Sudden cardiac arrest claims over 3 million lives each year across the globe. This is about 930 every day nationwide.
  • 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims do not recover and die.
  • For every minute a cardiac arrest victim is not defibrillated, his or her chances of survival declines by 7-10 percent.
  • Brain death starts to occur in just four to six minutes after someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
  • If defibrillation can be performed within the first 1-3 minutes, there is a 70-80 percent chance of survival.
  • Cardiac arrest is caused by a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm that can result from heart attack, respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, choking or trauma, or it can have no known cause whatsoever and a seemingly healthy person can just collapse.
  • The use of effective bystander CPR nearly doubles a victim’s chance for surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
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