Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a medical emergency. Most people who have Sudden Cardiac Arrest die from it—often within minutes. Immediate treatment with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a defibrillator (a device that sends an electric shock to the heart) can be lifesaving.
There are two types of defibrillators:
- An external defibrillator (AED) is a small portable device that uses electrode pads to diagnose an abnormal heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock if needed. External defibrillators are used in public places like schools, airports and hotels. Untrained bystanders can use these devices to deliver an electric shock to the chest of someone having Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
- An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) such as the EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System is a surgically implanted device that can sense irregular or dangerous heartbeats and deliver life-saving shocks to help return the rhythm to normal.
Even in the best emergency response conditions, Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a difficult condition to treat. Consider these facts:
- About half of all cardiac arrests are not witnessed; the victim was alone1
- More than 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home or in non-public places, such as at the office1
- Reported survival from out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest ranges from 0% to 51%, with a national average of only 8%2
Are you at risk for another episode?
It’s important to know that if you've already experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest, you're at high risk for having another episode. But even if you haven’t had Sudden Cardiac Arrest, if you have risk factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, your doctor may recommend the same type of treatment. Research shows that an ICD such as the EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System greatly reduces the chances of dying from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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