Every year we see far too many Australians die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at sporting events. The key to saving lives rest essentially with the education of our greater sporting community and governing bodies to recognise the vital role that defibrillators and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) play in preventing premature death.
Many victims are in the prime of their lives, young, apparently fit and healthy and without warning they suddenly collapse due to the onset of a lethal cardiac arrhythmia. SCA is caused by a sudden disruption to the heart’s electrical component, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) being one of the leading causes along with blockage of the coronary arteries (heart attack). It does not discriminate and can affect all ages, gender and it’s not just the competitors at risk, it can happen to officials and spectators alike.
Thankfully, victims of a cardiac arrest can be saved if early intervention is at hand. The key to survival ultimately depends upon how well bystanders react to this critical emergency.
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