What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating in the absence of any other known/pre-existing cause. The cause is almost always a dangerous, life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm.
Signs and Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Once the heart stops beating, blood is no longer pumped throughout the body, including the brain. The person suddenly passes out, loses consciousness and appears lifeless - except for abnormal “gasping” which may last for several minutes. Occasionally SCA victims will experience 10 - 20 seconds of seizure activity (shaking of the arms and legs) at the onset of the event as the brain stops receiving blood and oxygen from the heart
The SCA victim is never awake and needs immediate help, if nothing is done, the victim will die within minutes.
Lifesaving Actions - You have only 4 to 6 minutes. Emergency response cannot get to the victim in the required time! When SCA occurs, it is critically important that whoever is near the victim calls 112 immediately, checks for signs of life, and if there are none, gives CPR and uses the nearest Public Access Defibrillator (AED). There is very little awareness regarding cardiac disease, especially Sudden Cardiac Arrest