year over 350,000 people die from sudden
(SCA) in the United States. In Texas, SCA kills
more than 26,000 annually, 70 each day! While the numbers seem grim, SCA
is a treatable condition. With strong public access defibrillation
programs, we can dramatically change the outcome of this deadly event.
Many victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be saved by rapid
defibrillation, or shocking of the heart. If
available in the first 60 seconds of an arrest, the chance of survival
approaches 90%. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a
victimís chance of survival decreases by ten percent. After as little
as ten minutes, very few resuscitation attempts are successful. While
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) "buys time",
CPR alone is
generally not enough.