Salt Lake City, UT, January 15, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Continuing the work of the SCAC, the American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a call encouraging more citizens to come to the aid of people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest – the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2010, the AHA joined the SCAC in recommending that middle and high school students be required to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, and how to use an automatic external defibrillator or AED prior to graduation.
“We are raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest to a volume that policymakers cannot ignore,” said Alice Lara, chair of the SCAC. “Leaders across the country must take action now.”
Emergency medical personnel respond to some 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests a year in the United States, according the AHA. If more of the general population could recognize cardiac arrest and deliver immediate care until professionals arrive, more lives could be saved.
When performed properly, CPR circulates oxygenated blood through a victim’s body, buying critical time until an AED is available to deliver an electric shock. The electric shock provided by an AED can restore the heart a normal rhythm, thus saving the persons life.
More than 43 organizations have banded together to create the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition. The SCAC issued a National Call to Action as CPR Turned 50 in October, 2010 on Capital Hill, where the SCAC specifically asked members of Congress to commit to three agenda items:
1. Make sudden cardiac arrest a reportable condition.
2. Encourage state education departments to include CPR in all high school curricula as a requirement for graduation.
3. Join the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.
The SCAC and its membership believe it is critical to our nation that all children receive CPR training as part of their basic education.
About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition
The SCA Coalition is comprised of 43 organizations passionate about preventing sudden cardiac arrest deaths through legislative initiatives that lead to greater public awareness, research and access to life-saving therapies. The SCA Coalition is focused on national issues that have the opportunity to bring about meaningful change that will save lives.
Contact: Laura Wall