CPR & AEDs: A Real Lifesaver
In Sudden cardiac arrest, brain is the first part of our body to suffer because our brain doesn’t have a reserve of oxygen rich blood. In SCA, our brain and other vital organs not getting any oxygen rich blood that mean if heart rhythm not restored to its normal within few minutes, it’s not possible to restore brain function. If proper treatment or immediate CPR not begin, brain damage occur and leads to sudden silent death.
If you witness someone experiencing SCA, immediate call to 911, 999 or your local medical emergency personnel and initiate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that needs to begin immediately. CPR is a manual technique of repetitive pressing patient chest (chest comprehension) and breathing into patient’s airways that keep enough oxygen. This helps to keep circulation going until ambulance arrive, if it done properly can save a person’s life. Remember every second count, 95% of peoples who have sudden cardiac arrest are die within a minute.
Treatment with Automatic External Defibrillator (AEDs) within a minute is best way to save lives. AEDs are the portable devices often found in many public places like shopping mall, big bazaar, hotels, airplanes, colleges etc. AEDs are intended to available for use by citizens and are used by bystanders to save the lives of peoples who are having sudden cardiac arrest.
Ventricular fibrillation occurs when electrical activities of your heart become so chaotic that the heart stops working. Defibrillator is only way to potentially fix the problem. A defibrillator is a device that sends sudden electrical shocks through the chest wall to the heart to try to restore the heart rhythm back in its normal state. This is the rapid lifesaving treatment of sudden cardiac arrest done in the ambulance, at the hospital or by some member of public health community.
Tests to Predict the Risk of SCA
If you have any risk factor of sudden cardiac arrest, consult your doctor as soon as possible without any delay. It is important to regular appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will want to perform some of diagnostic tests. Tests may include:
- Ambulatory Monitoring
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Chest Radiography
- Coronary Angiography
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Electrophysiology Study
- Nuclear Scintigraphy
Medications to Reduce SCA
To reduce the risk of SCA, doctors may prescribed medications include beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, anti-arrhythmics and calcium channel blockers while in some artery diseases statin drugs may also be prescribed.
For More Information regarding CPR, AEDs or other resources, please see:
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation
A nonprofit organization, established to help and prevent sudden cardiac death in children and young adults.
Address: 508 E South Temple Ste. 20, Salt Lake City, UT 84102