There is a killer out there that is taking 350,000 lives each year. The killer can strike at anyone at anytime without the victim knowing they are at risk. It is SCA, or Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This October, Arrest the Risk Heart Rhythm Society SCA Awareness, is teaching the public about the impact of SCA and its aftermath. Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of breathing, consciousness, and heart function.It is said approximately 92% of those who face SCA do not survive. SCA kills one person every 90 seconds and it is said it kills over 1,000 people a day. The number of deaths trumps the number of those who died from lung cancer, stroke, breast cancer, or AIDS.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and most deaths are traced back to SCA. Sudden cardiac arrest is not a myocardial infarction (better known as the common heart attack) even though they both have to do with the cardiovascular system. The best way to describe the difference between SCA and a heart attack is thinking of the heart as a building. A heart attack is synonymous to clogged up plumbing while an SCA is similar to electricity going out.
If you would like to learn more about SCA, its symptoms, and prevention, go to ArrestTheRisk.org.