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New Research: Americans Underestimate Dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Date:10/1/2008

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-- Shocking oneself while treating the victim - 12 percent

-- Hurting oneself while treating the victim - 11 percent

Responding to Sudden Cardiac Arrest:

Time-to-treatment is critical when considering the chances of survival for an SCA victim. The new survey asked how people would respond if they witnessed a sudden cardiac arrest event. Responses included:
-- Calling 911 and waiting for emergency personnel to respond - 42 percent

-- Administering CPR or chest compressions - 35 percent

-- Using an Automatic External Defibrillator - 16 percent

"Using an AED or administering CPR, as well as immediately calling emergency personnel can all improve a patient's chance of survival," added Dr. Estes. "The Heart Rhythm Society also recommends people talk to their doctors about their individual risk factors and seek medical attention before it is too late."

SCA Awareness Month Earns Congressional Support

For the first time, the United States Congress designated October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Senate Concurrent Resolution 93 and House Concurrent Resolution 393, which were passed in September 2008, begin to address and remedy the national lack of understanding around SCA. Introduced by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND), the resolutions will support efforts to improve the public's ability to identify warning signs, encourage individuals to seek medical attention in a timely manner and promote the need for further research.

The resolutions were supported by the Heart Rhythm Society and the 29 organizations that comprise the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition. A recent SCA Coalition survey of likely voters also found that more than half of respondents believe the medical research community, including the federal government, is dedicating too little funding for SCA research education and treatment and the ma
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