What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

A medical emergency where the heart suddenly stops. A victim requires shock by an AED in order for their heart to be restarted.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a medical emergency where a victim’s heart stops beating. This can be due to a hidden heart condition, a secondary effect of a heart attack, or from the force of impact to the chest.

When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. They may gasp or shake as if having a seizure.

Once a victim collapses, times becomes a crucial factor.

Victims lose 10% chance of survival for every minute that passes without defibrillation by an AED. With standard EMS times of 9 minutes or greater, a victim often only has 20% chance of survival by the time help arrives. Greater access to AEDs is needed in order to increase the rate of survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not specific to age, race, or gender. It affects everyone. It’s victims are toddlers learning to walk, student athletes in their prime, artists perfecting their craft, aspiring college students….lives that are simply cut short. Their stories, their dreams never met, are #WhyItMatters.

They are our motivation behind all that we do. Our products are designed to provide immediate access to an AED to equip others to respond and potentially save a life.

What is an AED?

AED stands for automated external defibrillator and is the device that analyzes the heart and if it detects a problem will deliver a shock to restart the heart’s normal rhythm.

Most AEDs include voice prompts that walk a user through each step of use, including where to place the pad, when to step away, and when to perform CPR. Some will even provide a metronome for CPR.

Computer systems within the AED analyze the victim’s heart. If a problem is detected, the AED will either instruct the user to press a button to deliver a shock or deliver the shock on its own. In both situations, it only instructs a shock when necessary.