Sudden cardiac arrest survivors to gather at SCAA Annual Meeting

September 29, 2015

The electrical disruption of SCA is different from a heart attack which is caused by a blocked blood vessel leading to loss of blood supply to a portion of the heart muscle. It most often occurs without warning. More than one million Americans identified as "at-risk" are protected from SCA by a stopwatch-sized ICD that delivers a life-saving shock. Unfortunately, the condition remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. because of undiagnosed or untreated heart disease and other conditions.

"We are hosting this event to celebrate those who have survived SCA and raise awareness about SCA during SCA Awareness Month," said Robert Schriever, Chairman of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. "Many people confuse SCA with a heart attack, and we want to educate the general public about SCA risk factors and responses so that they can help someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Education isn't enough, however, and it's just as important that we acknowledge the often thankless efforts of our emergency responders who come to the aid of strangers in a time of most need."

SOURCE Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association