SCA Facts

Is SCA the same as a heart attack?

Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Although a person suffering a heart attack has an increased risk of SCA.

How many people die of SCA?

Every year in the UK, 100,000 people die of SCA, making it the nation’s biggest killer. It kills more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Who can suffer SCA?

Anyone, regardless of their age or fitness level, can suffer SCA anywhere, at any time.

What should I do if someone suffers SCA?

  1. Dial 999 for emergency services immediately
  2. While you wait for paramedics, give CPR
  3. Use a defibrillator to restart the heart

Why does every second count?

When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their heart stops beating. Therefore, their brain is starved of oxygen. The longer the brain is left without oxygen, the more mental and physical damage this can cause to the person, if they survive.

Survival rates drop 7-10% every minute without defibrillation. Quick action can make the difference between life and death.

I’m not trained to use a defibrillator. How could I save a life?

AEDs are designed to guide the user with visual or vocal prompts on when to shock the person and how. The device will not work unless it is placed correctly, therefore it is safe and straightforward to use.

Get in touch for more help and information

+44 (0) 1789 867 501info@heartrhythmalliance.org


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