In 2008, the United States Congress declared October to be “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month”. The proclamation was made in an effort to raise awareness regarding cardiac arrest as the nation’s leading cause of death. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation advocated alongside other SCA groups to encourage this legislation and honor those who have helped save the life of a victim of cardiac arrest.
Since 2008, October has continued to be a time to highlight and raise awareness concerning sudden cardiac arrest. Last year, the Heart Rhythm Society, decided to bring an awareness campaign to New York’s Times Square. The foundation ran ads on large projection screens in the popular tourist area. These ads including the one below which compares cardiac arrest and heart attacks to apples and oranges.
We love this approach to raising awareness for SCA by educating the public on how it differs from a heart attack. It’s far too common to see the media use the words heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably, which only makes the public less certain of what situations an AED is appropriate for. If you haven’t already, make sure to read through our infographic below to learn more about the differences between the two ailments, so you can be prepared to raise awareness and further educate those around you.