Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a condition which can affect anyone at any time. Even athletes who are at the peak of their physical health have an increased risk of suffering a cardiac arrest due to the heightened stress put on their heart during strenuous activity.
An AED is the only definitive treatment for cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating in its regular rhythm, depriving vital organs of oxygenated blood which is normally pumped around the body by the heart; the only way to restart the heart is to deliver effective CPR along with defibrillation to the victim using an AED. Currently, there is no federal law demanding AEDs in environments where sports are practiced; leaving athletes, coaches and supporters all at risk of SCA.
Below, we've created a helpful infographic to highlight the current statistics surrounding SCA in sports.
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