What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

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Not sure exactly what Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is and why CPR is so critical for a successful outcome? The below video explains what SCA is and how it occurs. The reality is that it can occur to anyone regardless of age or physical condition. Why is CPR so critical? As you watch the video, keep in mind that the average response time for paramedics in San Diego is around 8 – 10 minutes.


Brain tissue, deprived of oxygen, can start dying in as little as 4 – 6 minutes. Brain death can start to occur in as little as 8 minutes. CPR provides needed oxygen to the brain to sustain the person until trained professionals arrive and can implement advanced life support measures. Without CPR, the chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute their brain is deprived of oxygen. CPR is critical to a person’s survival if they are experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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