Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, at any age, and without warning.
In Canada, over 35,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year.
Treating sudden cardiac arrest quickly can dramatically increase the chance of survival.
The only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is CPR paired with an electric shock from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Access to an AED saves lives.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable device that delivers a shock (an electrical current) through the chest wall of a person whose heart has stopped beating. AEDs are easy for anyone to use, as they talk you through what to do.
Here in BC, anyone is permitted to use an AED to help save a life.
Every Moment Counts
During a sudden cardiac arrest, it only takes around three to five minutes for brain damage to occur. After 12 minutes without treatment, the survival rate is less than 5%.
In most cases, ambulances often are not able to arrive in the crucial first few minutes. In high-traffic urban areas, rush hour traffic may radically alter EMS arrival. In rural areas, EMS have to travel long distances to reach you.
Bystander CPR and AED use can dramatically increase the chance of survival.
“These things save lives. I think every condo in Vancouver should have them. I think most homes should have them.” — Dr. Garry Henderson
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