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We Need More Survival Stories !

Much too often we hear "He/She died in his/her sleep.
This happens even when someone is sleeping next to the person.
It happens because in most cases of sudden cardiac arrest, the stricken person cannot even yell, let alone press a button (as in those alert systems) or call 911.

So in essence, an astonishingly low number, just 8% of SCA victims survive, the number is so low, because they could not alert anybody to give them CPR or use a nearby AED.
Unfortunately only when celebrities die in hotel rooms, it makes news. Wonder how many people are found by the housekeeper the next morning, or elderly people die at home alone because they suffered a SCA and could not alert anybody.

This immensely important time gap between event and first response arrival, be it CPR or a person with and AED needs to be closed to improve survival rates and have more survival stories.

Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In my brief involvement in this area, I find it shocking that other than those in the medical field, I would say more than 90% of common folks do not even know the difference between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

But its not that hard to explain and people get it, once you tell them that the Heart is a pump that needs Electricity and Fluid (Blood).

Take away any one of these and the pump is in trouble. Take away or restrict the fluid and a potion of the pump dies. Depending on size and location of the area affected a person may survive. THIS IS A HEART ATTACK

Take away the electrical power and the pump stops. PERIOD. Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

We need to educate!! People do not know

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