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Heart Emergency Preparedness

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a cause of many unexpected death and SDC is caused by the loss of heart function or sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can be reversed if treated within the first few minutes and this can be done by following "the chain of survival:"

  • Early Access to Care: It is important to contact your local emergency number immediately.
  • Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Learning CPR is the best thing you can do and if performed properly, CPR can help save a life until emergency medical help arrives.
  • Early Defibrillation: In adults, sudden cardiac death is attributed to ventricular fibrillation and a Quick defibrillation is necessary to return the heart rhythm to a normal heartbeat.
  • Early Advanced Care: After successful defibrillation, most patients require hospital care to treat and prevent future events.

These four steps can increases the survival of the person if initiated within the first minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest.