Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a medical emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When the heart stops beating, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain and other vital organs is disrupted, which can cause brain damage or death if not treated immediately.
SCA can happen to anyone, regardless of age or gender, but it is most common in people with underlying heart conditions or other health problems. Symptoms of SCA may include sudden loss of consciousness, absence of breathing, and lack of pulse.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is different from a heart attack, which occurs when a blockage in the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen causes damage to the heart muscle. However, a heart attack can sometimes lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest if it is not treated promptly.
Immediate treatment for SCA is critical, and typically involves cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help restore the heart’s normal rhythm, along with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm. Each minute of defibrillation delay significantly decreases the person’s chance of survival.
The role of the Defibrillator in Sudden Cardiac Arrest
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