Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Sudden cardiac arrest, also called sudden cardiac death, describes the sudden occurrence of fatal cardiac arrhythmias. Typically in people without any known heart condition. ⁠⠀

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Sudden cardiac arrest is known to occur more frequently in athletes, especially amateur athletes. It is even known in children during sport. ⁠⠀

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Preceding the sudden cardiac arrest is VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION. From one second to the other, the heart starts to beat more than 320 times per minute, too fast to pump blood through the body, the blood pressure drops to “0”. The result is cardiac arrest: no blood and no oxygen are pumped through the body.⁠⠀

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The person feels a sudden voidness for about four seconds. After 8 seconds the person collapses and falls unconscious. Within one or two minutes they stop breathing. ⁠⠀

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If no one starts life-saving CPR at that very moment, the person has no chance to survive. ⁠⠀

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In Switzerland alone, about 10.000 sudden cardiac arrests occur every year. Less than 10% survive. ⁠⠀

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The good news:⁠⠀

More than 60% of sudden cardiac arrests are witnessed and recognised by bystanders, who then alert the rescue services.⁠⠀

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The bad news:⁠⠀

Less than half of those bystanders start life-saving CPR after the emergency phone call. They are too scared to make mistakes.⁠⠀

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Without YOUR help, a person in cardiac arrest has no chance to survive.⁠⠀

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And I believe:⁠⠀

EVERYONE should know how to recognise a cardiac arrest and start immediate life-saving measures. ⁠⠀

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO REACT IN SUCH A SITUATION?⁠⠀

Posted on November 03, 2019 by Luitgard Holzleg

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