Sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that causes the heart to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating, is a leading cause of death in the United States. Blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs and usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.
- Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States (more than 1,000 per day)
- 89 percent of people in the United States who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate bystander CPR
- 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen at home
- Without CPR from a bystander, a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases 7 percent to 10 percent per minute
Watch this video from the American Heart Association to see what your hands can do.