Cardiac arrests are more common than you may think, and they can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
- Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
- Many victims appear healthy and have no known heart disease or other risk factors.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest which is best treated by delivering a shock to the heart with a defibrillator. Public Access Defibrillators or AEDs are recommended wherever large numbers of people frequent such as auditoriums, shopping malls, and airports.
WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH CPR?
The life you save with CPR is most likely to be a loved one.
- Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
- Statistically, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
- Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
- Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, and with Automated Defibrillator use, as much as 85% chance of survival.
- Currently only 32 % of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
- Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.