Approximately 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada. That’s one person every 12 minutes.


What is SCA?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when the heart unexpectedly stops beating.  It is always fatal if not corrected.  Although the likelihood of experiencing it increases with age, it can strike anyone, any place.  Even children and young healthy adults suffer sudden cardiac arrest.


What is an AED?

It stands for Automated External Defibrillator.  It is a machine than can shock a person’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.  When an AED is used quickly after cardiac arrest (along with good CPR) the chance of surviving increases to approximately 75%.


Where should an AED be?

Almost all Cardiac Arrests happen at home or in public.  AEDs should be anywhere there are large groups of people (arenas, malls, conventions) or perhaps a smaller, but constant number of people (offices, hotels, schools).  It is especially wise to have an AED when people have known risk factors for cardiac arrest.