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80% of sudden cardiac arrests occur in public places or in the home, where immediate professional medical intervention is not available. Being a misunderstood killer with very few symptoms or prior warning signs, the survival rate is extremely low in Australians, around 2%-5%.
There can be many underlying causes to a sudden cardiac arrest and these are not necessarily heart disease or heart conditions. Sudden cardiac arrests do not only affect the old but anyone who may be in danger of the following:
Extreme physical stress
Inherited heart disorders
Illegal or illicit drug use
Changes to the size or shape of the heart
These causes will trigger a misfiring of the heart’s electrical system that makes the heart fall into an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are irregular heart beats; rapid (ventricular tachycardia) or chaotic (ventricular fibrillation) or a combination. When the heart is in an arrhythmia it cannot pump the blood around the body, preventing oxygen from reaching the major organs. One of these organs is the brain which is made up of up to 100 billion nerve cells and uses 20% of all the oxygen in the blood. If the brain does not have oxygen it shuts down and those cells begin to decay without electrical stimulus. As the blood in the body stands still poisonous by-products of the body’s metabolism build up in all areas of the body and degradation of the entire system begins. The point of a defibrillator is to apply electrical impulses to the body to ‘shock’ the heart back into normal rhythm and present irreversible brain and body damage and death. This needs to be done quickly and with confidence.
Speed is an essential part of saving a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s life. This is demonstrated in The Chain of Survival (see below). The Chain of Survival is the steps that should be taken to increase the chance of survival:
Early advanced care
It is suggested that if defibrillation is applied to a victim within the first minute of collapse then the chance of survival increases to 70%, a huge difference from the standard 2%-5%.
A defibrillator unit should be accessible in high risk locations, being locations where large amounts of people gather (workplaces, shops, stadiums) meaning increased percentage probability of an attack and locations such as sporting clubs and swim schools, where high physical stress or trauma can occur. It is essential that you can rely on your defibrillator to work, which is why high quality batteries are important. Lithium is the lightest of all metals and lithium batteries are a superior source of power because of their performance life-span. These batteries can sit unused for extended periods of time, losing very little power and requiring no maintenance discharge. Being energy dense they can hold more power than batteries of a similar size.