You CAN Save A Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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CALL-PUSH-SHOCK is a national collaborative movement with a mission to motivate bystander CPR/AED action and increase sudden cardiac arrest survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is A National Public Health Crisis

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting more than 356,000 people each year, including more than 7,000 youth under age 18. The SCA survival rate has remained at about 10 percent for 30 years because we aren’t as prepared as we should be to help save lives.

Since 7 in 10 sudden cardiac arrests occur at home, being prepared means you could save the life of someone you love.

Every Second Counts!

A medical emergency can be confusing and frightening, which can delay getting help to the victim. It’s vital to prepare now to be ready to take immediate action when needed.

When someone suddenly collapses and is unresponsive, they are likely having a sudden cardiac arrest. While there may be several seconds of seizure activity or gasping, their heart has stopped and they are not breathing. Don’t spend time trying to wake them up—they won’t and your fast response is crucial.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who may seem to be healthy, even children and teens.

When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. They may gasp or shake as if having a seizure.

SCA leads to death in minutes if the person does not get help right away. Survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR¹, and using an AED² (if available) as soon as possible.

¹ CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is when you push hard and fast on the center of chest to make the heart pump; compressions may be given with or without rescue breaths.
² AED: Automated external defibrillator is a device that analyzes the heart and if it detects a problem may deliver a shock to restart the heart’s normal rhythm.

You can triple a victim’s chance of survival when you take these immediate lifesaving actions:

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Call 911

Follow emergency dispatcher’s instructions.

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Start CPR

Push hard and fast in the center of the chest; 100 to 120 compressions per minute.

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Use an AED

Follow step-by-step audio/visual instructions and remember that an AED cannot hurt the person, it can only help.

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