Photo courtesy of Sudden Cardiac Awareness Foundation
As October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the El Paso Fire Department is asking residents to take time to recognize the severity of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and what can be done to help save others during such an emergency.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Awareness Foundation, every year, more than 350,000 people die in the U.S. of out-of-hospital SCA. Despite such a high number, SCA can be treated successfully in time with CPR and defibrillation with an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
If a rescuer can perform these lifesaving tasks, survival rates increase from an average of 10 percent to 50 percent. Here are few things that can be done to help:
- Always call 911.
- Learn how to perform CPR. When bystanders provide CPR and use an AED before EMS arrives, victim survival rates increase.
- Be familiar with and know where AEDs are located.
- Download the PulsePoint App.
PulsePoint is a free app provided by the El Paso Fire Department and the PulsePoint Foundation.
With PulsePoint, residents are notified of sudden cardiac arrest events happening in public places near their location so they can respond and provide CPR while help arrives. PulsePoint is available for free for Apple and Android phones.
Visit pulsepoint.org to download the app.
Additionally, residents can learn your sudden cardiac arrest risk by using the Heart Rhythm Society’s free interactive tool. Simply answer a few questions regarding your health and then get your results. After using the assessment, residents are advised to consult with their physician regarding the results.