Sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes. Each year, that makes up twice as many people who are killed by colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer combined. Most people think that cardiac arrest and a heart attack are the same thing, but while a heart attack is caused by plumbing problems in the heart, cardiac arrest is brought on by electrical problems between the heart and brain.
The reason why sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for the deaths of so many people is because for every minute that passes before help arrives for someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, survival odds decrease by 10%. The average response time by emergency responders is around 11 minutes, but if you have gone into sudden cardiac arrest, you are likely to be dead within just 10 minutes.
Check out the following infographic to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest, the myths surrounding “snapping out of it”, and how to potentially save a life by arming yourself with the right tools and knowledge.
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6 thoughts on “What You Don’t Know Will Kill You [Infographic]”
I had no idea about this. I know a friend who died from heart disease last year. It was horrific. Thank you for all the information
This is great (and very scary) information. Thanks for sharing!
This infographic really puts things into perspective! Thank you 🙂
This is stunning I had no idea it was that common or that there was even a difference between the two. Thanks for the info!
WOW! Very powerful and well done. Thanks for sharing.