- Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not the same as a heart attack. SCA occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack my cause a cardiac arrest to happen.
- Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
- Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED is required to stop the abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.
- New technology has made the AED simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered if the victim needs it.
BE READY TO HELP
TAKE CLASSES AT THE YMCA OF THE SHOALS
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION
YMCA CPR & First Aid Classes are ACHI Supported. Contact the courtesy counter to sign up.
Program Members: $30
Community members: $50
See schedules for times and dates.