TODAY, October 16th is RESTART a HEART DAY which is all about raising awareness and education about saving lives in case of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) out-of-hospital!
On average, 575 Australians suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) out-of-hospital every week and
ONLY 1 out of 10 WILL SURVIVE!
The 3 IMPORTANT STEPS to Potentially Save a Life during a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
TIME is CRUCIAL When Suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest
We know that for every minute that your heart is not pushing oxygen around your body and to your brain the chances of survival drop by 10%. Around the 10-minute mark the damage to your brain is nearly irreversible.
What is out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?
A cardiac Arrest is, for lack of a better word, sudden death. A person in cardiac arrest will collapse and stop breathing normally and should receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.
Cardiac arrest results for a number of reasons and your heart stops. The blood stops flowing through your veins and most importantly your brain stops receiving oxygen.
Cardiac arrest can be a result of a heart attack, which is actually a heart condition and not as many would think a cardiac arrest (sudden death). Cardiac arrest can result from drowning, drug overdose, massive trauma such as a car crash or a number of different medical conditions.
Cardiac arrest does not discriminate, it can happen to a 2-year old drowning victim, a healthy and fit prospective 23-year old athlete on a sports field, a hard working 50-year old mum or a 75-year old teacher enjoying his retirement years.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - On its own CPR will not bring a cardiac arrest victim back to life
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performing chest compressions at the beat of about 120/minute at ideal depth of 4-5cm and is designed to push the blood around your body and to your brain. On its own CPR will not bring a cardiac arrest victim back to life.
For that to happen you need a defibrillator that will shock the heart back to a working rhythm.
Advances in defibrillator technology have produced the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) designed for ease of use by members of the public. Each unit comes with instructions on how to apply and use on a cardiac arrest victim with complete safety.
Find out more about Restart a Heart Day and Cardiac Arrest as well as the difference between a Heart Attack (circulation) and Cardiac Arrest (electrical)
The Heart Safe Australia Team.