The Challenge: Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating and a electric shock is needed to restart the heart.  If not, death will occur within minutes of someone having SCA.  It is our nation’s leading cause of death affecting an estimated 325,000 Americans every year and more than 92% will not survive.

Causes of SCA

SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. It often occurs in active, healthy people with no known heart or health problems. From world-class athletes to school aged children, SCA does not discriminate.

SCA Risk Factors

  • High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Obesity, Smoking and High Cholesterol
  • Non-Cardiac Conditions: Drug/Alcohol Overdose, Choking, Drowning, Trauma, Hypothermia or Direct Hit to the Chest And much much more.

SCA Conditions

Identify SCA

Someone experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest will:

  • Suddenly collapse
  • Not be breathing
  • Possibly gasp for air

How To Help Someone with Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Prevention: (or Preventing Death)

A person’s chance of survival decreases by 10% with every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation. The most important determinant of survival is the presence of a trained rescuer willing to immediately call 911, perform CPR and use an Defibrillator (DEFIB) in the first minutes of a collapse. When you see someone suddenly collapse or not breathing, immediately:


  • CALL: Dispatch medical assistance by calling 9-1-1
  • PUSH: Perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • SHOCK: Locate and use an automated external defibrillator.

Take One of Starting Hearts Live Saving Classes

One of our biggest programs at Starting Hearts are our live saving classes. We provide training for CPR (re)Certification, how to properly use the Defibrillator and our intense Call.Push.Shock Certification program.  Our classes are open to both adults and children at the Starting Hearts Training Center and we also provide classes to local business and schools as well.  Check out our class calendar to find out when I next training will happen.

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