• More than 295,000 people die of sudden cardiac death in the US annually.
  • Sudden cardiac death is the most common presentation of an acute heart attack.
  • A heart attack results from a sudden and complete occlusion of one of the arteries that supply blood to the heart tissue.
  • In sudden cardiac death, early recognition and ACTION is critical in order to save the person’s life.
  • Prompt initiation of CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS) is imperative.
  • For every minute CPR is not started, there is a 7-10% rise in death.
  • More important, after 4 minutes without CPR the brain suffers irreversible injury.

Learn CPR and BLS: It may save your loved ones life!

Reference: ACC/AHA Guidelines for Sudden Cardiac Death and CPR.