America's Number One Killer

What disease only has a 8% chance of survival and claims more lives in the U.S. than stroke, AIDS, breast cancer and lung cancer combined?

What disease kills more than 650 victims per day?

The answer: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A key factor in helping to reduce the number of deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest is through awareness. Medic remains committed to educating our community about the impact of sudden cardiac arrest by increasing awareness and prevention initiatives of this deadly disease.

The differences between sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke are commonly misunderstood by the general public. Each of these medical conditions is extremely life threatening and affect parts of the body in different ways. In honor of American Heart Month 2013, Medic offers the following useful information to provide clarity and prevention methods you can follow to keep from becoming one of the victims of sudden cardiac arrest:

Definition

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: When the heart no longer functions due to an abrupt loss of a heartbeat or rhythm preventing the flow of blood to the rest of your body.

Heart Attack: When blood flow to the heart is reduced or stopped because of blockage in the arteries preventing oxygen to the heart muscle.

Stroke: When blood flow to the brain is reduced or stopped preventing oxygen to the brain.

Symptoms

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Usually occurs suddenly and without warning. The symptoms are lacking of responsiveness, pulse and breathing.

Heart Attack: Chest pains, discomfort in other areas of the body, lightheadedness and cold sweats.

Stroke: Numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs. Trouble speaking or communicating. Loss of balance/coordination. Dizziness. Severe headache.

Prevention

The risk factors and prevention methods for these three medical conditions all tie back to heart disease. Some risk factors such as gender, age, family history, and race are uncontrollable and therefore have no known prevention methods.

Still, the following preventative measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of one of these life threatening conditions:

Helpful Links

To get more in depth information on sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke, please click on these helpful links below:

American Heart Association

American Stroke Association

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association