Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Glossary of Terms

  • AED:
    An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that can be used to treat a victim of cardiac arrest. An AED evaluates a cardiac arrest victim’s heart rhythm, determines if shock is needed and delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.
  • Arrhythmia:
    It is a disturbance in the rhythm of the heart beat that can cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly.
  • Defibrillation:
    The controlled delivery of an electric shock to the heart in order to restore a regular heartbeat.
  • ECG:
    Electrocardiogram – a visual tracing of the electrical currents in the heart that initiate the heartbeat. The heart rate is recorded using an electrocardiograph and electrodes attached to the chest.
  • EMS:
    Emergency Medical Service
  • SCA:
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest – a condition in which the heart abruptly and without warning, stops beating normally. In this state, the heart fails to pump blood to the brain and other vital organs in the body.
  • VF:
    Ventricular Fibrillation – is a type of abnormal heart rhythm which causes the heart to beat rapidly and chaotically. The heart stops pumping blood effectively and requires a shock to return the heart to a normal rhythm. This is the heart rhythm that is most likely to cause cardiac arrest.
  • What is sudden cardiac arrest?

    Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating effectively. SCA is a major cause of death in Manitoba. It can happen at any age. It can happen anywhere and anytime.

    In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart no longer pumps blood to the brain. Without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by the blood, brain cells begin to die within minutes, and death soon follows. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help maintain oxygenation and blood circulation, but unless defibrillation is performed quickly, survival is unlikely.

    For a few minutes before the heart stops completely, it usually goes into a rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF), a fluttering of the heart muscle. During VF, it is often possible to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm with a device called an automated external defibrillator (AED). The AED analyzes the heart’s electrical activity through pads applied to the chest and determines if a shock is needed. The window of opportunity for using an AED is small. Defibrillation is more successful if performed within three minutes of the cardiac arrest. Studies show that the chances of survival decrease 7-10% with every minute that passes after the arrest. [Source]

    Who is at risk?

    There are no warning signs associated with SCA. It often affects those who have experienced previous episodes of SCA, heart attacks, or heart failure; but it can also strike someone with absolutely no history of heart problems.

    How is SCA Treated

    1. CPR should be performed immediately—while someone calls 911 and someone goes to get the AED—to keep the blood flowing through the body
    2. Defibrillation to restore a normal rhythm to the heart

    When a person is in cardiac arrest, the only way to correct the electrical rhythm of their heart is to provide an electric shock with an AED, which causes the heart to resume its natural rhythm.

    Every minute counts

    Medical attention must be administered as soon as possible after the victim collapses; the chances for survival decrease with every minute you wait.