Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally, affecting almost 50,000 people each day. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are two common cardiovascular diseases with low survival rates.
It is a common misunderstanding that sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are the same thing. Knowing the differences between these diseases and how to take immediate action is essential to maximising a victim’s chances of survival.
When either SCA or a heart attack occurs, it’s imperative you call local emergency services. And if the victim has no pulse, immediately start CPR, and find an automated external defibrillator (AED).
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“Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) fact sheet.” World Health Organization.