What is SCA?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not a heart attack. It’s an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that abruptly stops the heartbeat. It’s fatal in 92 percent of cases if not properly treated within minutes. Among teens in the U.S., 1 in 100 have an underlying heart condition that can put them at risk.
Despite the fact we know young athletes are at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, there are no reliable tests or warning signs for coaches, parents and victims to look for. Routine physicals for students check for weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, hearing, vision, diabetes, scoliosis and anemia.
Does it look like there’s something missing?
There is! They don’t check your child’s heart!
What you probably don’t know…
… is that this sudden, and highly fatal condition, accounts for over 400,000 deaths each year; nearly 10,000 of them being children! Fire related deaths only account for slightly over 3,000 deaths per year. That means you are 100 times more likely to need at Automated External Defibrillator (AED) than a fire extinguisher! There are building codes, laws and regulations that require fire extinguishers be easily accessible to the public, yet there is nothing enforcing the placement of AEDs.
Concerned??? You should be!!!
For more information about the “CPR Good Samaritan Law” and the “AED Good Samaritan Law” click the link below:
With your help, we can reduce the mortality rate from one of the nation’s leading killers by up to 40%! Help us raise awareness about the importance of early defibrillation and immediate bystander action.