October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. It's an initiative by the Heart Rhythm Society to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and to help you become more familiar with what it is, how it affects people, and what can be done to help save lives. In fact, there are many misconceptions about the condition, including many people mistaking it for a heart attack, but there is one distinct difference.
According to the Society, 65 percent of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of SCA, but also believe SCA is a type of heart attack. In fact, SCA is responsible for one death every two minutes, In fact, it kills more people each year than breast cancer, lung cancer, or AIDS.
So, let's look at some facts about sudden cardiac arrest that you can share with people during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month.
According to the American Heart Association a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem.
But these two distinct heart conditions are linked. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur after a heart attack, or during recovery. Let's look at some other facts about sudden cardiac arrest that you may or may not know.
Learning CPR can give your loved one time to receive needed immediate care in a hospital emergency department and be seen by a cardiologist. North Ohio Heart provides state-of-the-art cardiology services. However, we believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Make an appointment today, so we can help you prevent the need for emergency services.
Or, take a look at our guide "Heart Disease Facts." It spells out the signs and treatments for a number of conditions related to heart disease.