May 3, 2022
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death across the United States. It takes approximately 356,000 lives per year. Many people think sudden cardiac arrest can only affect old people or people that are unhealthy.
Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate. It affects people of ALL ages.
According to Parent Heart Watch, the following statistics apply to sudden cardiac arrest in youth:
Often times, when a young person suffers sudden cardiac arrest, it is because of an undetected heart condition. Approximately one in three hundred youth have an undetected heart condition that can put them at risk. Some of those heart conditions include:
Here are some signs that may signify impending sudden cardiac arrest. These are all reasons to get your child's heart checked and invest in an AED in case of medical emergency!
So, what do you do if you witness someone go into sudden cardiac arrest? How do you help them? If you suspect someone is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, take the following steps:
It is very important to act immediately if someone is suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Every second that goes by without treatment hurts the person's chances of survival.