It’s time for a new approach to saving lives
Each year, an estimated 300,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest – more than car crashes,
firearms, house fires, AIDS, and breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. What’s more, this
top killer can strike anyone, at any age, even without warning.
Take Heart America brings doctors, nurses, paramedics, community leaders and people like you together
in a new program designed to dramatically increase the number of people who survive.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
This occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It is commonly due to an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF), in which the electrical signals that regulate the pumping action of the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart go haywire. With the ventricles unable to pump blood to the organs and brain, the heart stops beating. If CPR is not given and the heart is not shocked back into regular rhythm with an AED, the body and the brain are deprived of oxygen and death results.