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￼The bad news:
The Truth About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
It’s widespread. Each year, Emergency Medical Services treats nearly 300,000 victims of out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest.
It’s unexpected. It can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims seem healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
It’s urgent. Unless CPR and defibrillation are provided within minutes of collapse, few attempts at resuscitation are successful.
It’s deadly. More than 92 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital will die from it.
It’s undertreated. Less than one‐third of out‐of‐hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
The good news:
It’s NOT hopeless. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival
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