About sudden cardiac arrest (PCS)

What is PCS or Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)


Sudden cardiac arrest (PCS) often happens without warning, and when it does, it's often devastating. Anyone can go into cardiac arrest at any time, anywhere.

PCS can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender; PCS can affect both children and older people.

The plain and simple truth is that each year almost six million people in the world suffer from PCS. With a survival rate of less than five percent, PCS causes more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer, AIDS, and stroke combined. PCS usually happens suddenly and without warning, and 84 percent of PCS episodes happen outside of health care settings.

In case of a PCS, response time is critical. A study by the American Heart Association shows that for every minute the defibrillation process is delayed, the victim's chances of survival decrease by seven to ten percent. After 10 minutes, the survival rate is nil. Taking into account that the response time of ambulances is generally more than 10 minutes, the best chance of survival is in the hands of the people present.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can be used by untrained individuals to improve the chances of surviving SCA by up to 75% by delivering a potentially life-saving shock within the first few minutes after arrest. These portable devices can sometimes be found in public places, such as shopping malls, golf courses, businesses, airports, casinos, convention centers, hotels, sports facilities, and schools. However, AEDs are not yet available everywhere.