Almost 475,000 Americans die every year from a cardiac arrest.
Most sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur while a person is home or at work. CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) named cardiac arrest as a public health issue that’s a leading cause of death in Americans. The high mortality rate is why quick response is so important.
What Is Cardiac Arrest?
Though people often confuse cardiac arrest and heart attack with each other, the two are different.
A heart attack happens when there is a blockage in an artery that prevents blood from reaching the heart. A cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and leads to a sudden stop in functioning.
A cardiac arrest often happens without warning. An electrical malfunction in the heart triggers an irregular heartbeat.
When the pumping of the heart is disrupted, blood is no longer carried to vital organs. Within seconds, a person will lose consciousness and have no pulse. If help is not given fast, a person can die from this condition in a few short minutes.
This is why it’s important for schools and businesses to offer early intervention with defibrillators and CPR. About 45% of people who receive bystander CPR or defibrillator care survive their cardiac arrest.
How Does Cardiac Arrest Occur?
No one is safe from a cardiac arrest. The causes are varied and wide. There are several different conditions that can trigger a cardiac arrest, such as:
- coronary artery disease
- Marfan syndrome
- Long QT syndrome
- birth defects
Arrhythmia is one of the primary conditions behind a cardiac arrest. The condition arrhythmia is when there is a chronic problem with the rhythm of your heartbeat. Your heart can either beat too fast, too slow or with an irregular pattern.
Due to the nature of an arrhythmia, the disruption of the heart’s beating, is why it’s a leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Another factor that can cause cardiac arrest is physical stress.
Intense physical activity has been known to cause sudden cardiac arrest. This is because adrenaline is dumped into the body when you’re putting your body under duress. Adrenaline can then trigger an SCA.
Other physical stressors that could lead to cardiac arrest are:
- low levels of potassium or magnesium
- blood loss
- lack of oxygen
Look to the Future and Be Safe
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. The majority of those who suffer an SCA will pass away if not attended to quickly. This is why fast response time and training for these emergencies is so imperative.
If you want to better help your employees, consider keeping equipment on hand that can help with resuscitating a person suffering from a cardiac arrest. At SOS, we offer a variety of tools that can assist you in being prepared and well-stocked.
Get the peace of mind you need that you’ve done all you can to reduce the likelihood of an accident in your work environment at 888.705.6100.