Although some people are more predisposed to cardiac arrest than others, sudden death can happen to anyone, anywhere. SCA affects men and women, young and old, and even those who seem to be in perfect health.
While ideally there would be a lifesaving AED in every household, several groups of people should consider purchasing an AED for their home sooner rather than later. Personal defibrillators are ideal for:
“Usually the first symptom of Long QT is sudden cardiac arrest, and that typically leads to sudden death. And it can happen at any time.”
Diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome at the age of 14
Unfortunately, the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest are diverse and can be difficult to identify. SCA can occur without any warning at all. This unpredictability speaks to the importance of preparedness and knowing how to save lives from SCA.
While it’s true that the causes of SCA can vary tremendously between individuals, there are a few warning signs that should be on your radar.
Known cardiac arrhythmia and other heart conditions:
Family history of cardiac conditions:
Other cardiac arrest warning signs:
Informed AED buyers, like firefighters, police officers, EMTs, physicians, and other professionals that know about how and when to use AEDs should consider buying an AED for home use. Even when these individuals are off-duty, the lay public turns to them for help. “Go get Mary from next door, she’s a doctor!”
Informed AED users are all around us. They fly next to us. Their kids play on the same sports teams as ours. And, they live in our neighborhoods. AEDs are the perfect tool for first responders and healthcare providers to have at home to protect their household and community.
"You don’t ever want to be left standing there saying, 'Oh my God, if only we’d had an AED.'"
Director of the Peyton Walker Foundation who lost her 19-year-old daughter to SCA
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