Protecting Children and Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
General Facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
Facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the condition in which the heart unexpectedly ceases to function. Often, this is because of irregular and rapid quivering of the heart’s lower pumping chambers (ventricles) called ventricular fibrillation. When this occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs, causing loss of consciousness or seizure-like activity in seconds.
IT IS NOT THE SAME AS A HEART ATTACK!
If not treated within minutes, SCA results in death. The normal rhythm of the heart can only be restored with defibrillation, an electrical shock that is safely delivered to the chest by an automated external defibrillator (AED).