Are you at risk for cardiac arrest?
Yes, people with heart conditions are at greater
risk, but all too often, young and healthy people
die due to their heart just stopping. It's called
"Sudden Cardiac Arrest" and it's not friendly.
Imagine you are riding your bicycle on a sunny, spring
day, and suddenly your heart goes into immediate arrest.
You will pass out immediately, and if there's no AED
nearby, your death is imminent. Supposedly, death
due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is painless, but imagine
all the people who love you...your mother, your father
... your grandparents ... your grandchildren ... your
children, your brothers and sisters .... your husband
or your wife.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can wipe out a life in the
blink of an eye. It seems pretty ominous. It's estimated
that approximately 450,000 people die this way each
year. (By comparison, 41,000 people die in car accidents
each year). According to the American Heart Association,
each minute that passes after your heart stops, your
chance of survival decreases by 10%.
When an Automated External Defibrillator is used
within a few minutes, it increases survival rate by
up to 80%.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone, and anytime.
While you can definitely take precautionary measures
to descrease your risk, it's not something you can
directly prevent against. It's something you need
to prepare for. As scary and fearful as unexpected
death is to you, think of how it would affect your
loved ones - how deeply the people you love would