Facts and Figures


If you’re visiting defibshop today with the goal of buying a life-saving defibrillator, then you’re on the right track to becoming a heart safe environment.

To help you understand just how important AED access is in an emergency situation, we’ve shared some of the top facts and figures below, to help give you more of awareness of cardiac arrest and AEDs in the United States.

While these facts are incredibly frightening, simply by having more AEDs available in public locations, we can help make a difference and see a positive change in these statistics.

  • Currently, there are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the US every year, 90% being fatal
  • Only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital environment survive
  • Over 1,000 people have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every day (this is more than the total number of members in the US House of Representatives!)
  • Amongst adults treated, 25% had no symptoms before the onset of the arrest
  • Every year, an estimated 10,200 children suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • 70% of cardiac arrests happen while at home
  • 9 out of 10 cardiac arrest victims in the US will die
  • Currently, only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR with only 2% of this figure receiving AED treatment
  • There are still 19 states in the US with no mandated laws for accessible AEDs
  • Communities with AED programs and access to CPR and AED training achieve survival rates of 40% or higher for cardiac arrest victims
  • Sudden cardiac death appears among multiple causes of death on 13.5% of death certificates, which suggests that 1 in every 7.4 people in the U.S. will die of SCD

Quick Response Time is Critical

  • After a 911 call is placed, it takes the EMS approximately 8-12 minutes to arrive
  • For every minute an individual's heart is not beating, their chance of survival is reduced by 7-10%
  • Only 7.6% of victims survive neurologically intact because they are not reached quickly enough by EMS. Brain damage occurs after 4-6 minutes without treatment
  • Approximately 94.8% of SCA victims die before reaching a hospital
  • If defibrillation through an AED has been received within the first minute of sudden cardiac arrest, the survival rate is 90%

Risk Factors

  • Over 50% of men and 64% of women who suffered SCA didn't experience any prior symptoms
  • The median age for SCA is 66
  • Risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, congenital heart disease, and diabetes will make someone more susceptible to SCA. Additional things that can lead to cardiac arrest include electrocution, drowning, trauma, choking or respiratory arrest
  • Physically strenuous jobs will also put people at a higher risk of suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest

Case Studies

  • There were 76 lives saved in the first 10 years of American Airlines’ implementation of AED’s onto their airplanes. Overall, their survival rate was 63%
  • Survival rate is 74% for victims who receive a shock within 3 minutes of collapsing
  • Cities like Seattle show improved survival rates of over 45% after implementation of vast CPR and AED programs
  • Schools often have a high number of individuals on campus throughout the day, and it has been reported that on campuses with AED’s, rates of survival to hospital discharge are 65%

More information

If you would like to learn more about cardiac arrest, AEDs and everything in between, head over to our blog where we regularly post insightful and educating content to bring you the facts about SCA and heart health.

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