What is SCA?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threating emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stop 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 CPR, and using an AED (if available) as soon as possible.
SCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
SCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Approximately 356,000 people of ages experience EMS assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year and nine of 10 victims die. When bystanders intervene immediately by giving CPR, survival rates double or triple.