Sudden cardiac arrest may be surprising, but there’s no reason to be unprepared
Wondering what you can do to fight sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Get informed and share information with others! To help you out, we took a stroll through our blog and collected links to a few of our most popular posts. We hope you’ll spread the word about cardiac arrest and encourage businesses, leaders, and families in your community to fight SCA with knowledge, CPR training, and AEDs.
Knowledge is power: arm yourself with SCA stats
It’s surprising, but many people are unaware of how common SCA really is. Here’s what you need to know:
- Each year, more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occur in the United States.
- Among middle-aged adults treated for SCA, 50% had no symptoms before the onset of arrest.
- 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest every year and 17.5 million people across the globe die from cardiovascular disease each year.
- 10,000 SCAs occur in the workplace each year.
- 68.5% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home.
- 45% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive when bystander CPR is administered.
For more information, check out 6 Shocking Statistics About Cardiac Arrest.
Learning CPR is one of the most important things you can do to fight SCA. What will you learn in a CPR course? You’ll learn why CPR is so effective, how it works, and how to perform it. You’ll also practice CPR on a manikin to fine-tune your skills and gain the confidence you need to save a life.
It’s easy to schedule CPR training. Download and share our CPR flyer with businesses and leaders in your community.
Encourage local businesses to purchase AEDs
Cardiac arrest can be reversible. When local businesses have an AED on-site, they’re investing in their employees and their customers. When a person who is experiencing SCA receives CPR immediately and a shock from an AED, their survival odds are vastly improved. Does your favorite business have an AED?
We’ve made it easy for you to share information about purchasing an AED! Download a free flyer today!
Create an Emergency Plan
It’s great that your favorite coffee shop, rec center, and dentist have publicly accessible AEDs, but do they know what to do in the event of an emergency? Encourage any businesses or households with an AED to develop an emergency action plan.
Purchase an AED for Home Use
Speaking of households with an AED ... we think it’s a good idea for individuals who are at a higher risk for cardiac arrest to have an AED for home use. It's especially important for the elderly, those with heart disease, or individuals with a family history of coronary artery disease.
Other risk factors for SCA can include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- A sedentary lifestyle
Ready to fight SCA with knowledge, AEDs, and CPR? We offer CPR, First Aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training courses in all 50 states in traditional classroom settings and blended learning courses.
To learn more about our courses or to schedule training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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