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FACT SHEET: SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

1. What is sudden cardiac arrest? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 325,000 people each year. That’s more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. During SCA, heart function ceases abruptly and without warning. When this occurs, the heart […]

FACT SHEET: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore the heart’s normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. Ventricular Fibrillation (VF), the abnormal heart rhythm that most often leads to sudden cardiac arrest, is treatable. If the heart can be shocked quickly with an AED, […]