Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Do You Know the Facts?

Cardiac arrest can come on suddenly. The heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating properly when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. This is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF), in which the heart quivers and cannot effectively pump blood. The only effective treatment for VF is an electrical shock administered by an automated external defibrillator (AED) and high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Someone collapse from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Do you know what to do?

How Do I Help?

Approximately 50% of SCA victims initially require defibrillation. All require CPR. If you perform CPR immediately and use an AED within minutes, you can significantly increase a person’s chance of survival.

Good chest compressions are essential to move blood throughout the body to protect vital organs. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a depth greater than 2 inches, but not more than 2.4 inches. High-quality CPR has a big impact on a patient's outcome. The ZOLL® AED Plus®, with integrated Real CPR Help®, guides rescuers in delivering high quality CPR with audible and visual prompts to “Push Harder” or gives them positive reinforcement that they have achieved “Good Compressions.”