SCAA: Death of Pat Summerall underscores need for more public awareness
The tragic death of Pat Summerall, the former football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, underscores how frequently and indiscriminately sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes Americans, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) said recently. Nearly 300,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to SCA each year, resulting in the collapse of an American about once every two minutes. While early bystander attention and immediate CPR and AED use have been shown to significantly improve chances for survival, many SCA victims do not receive treatment fast enough and the overall survival rate remains tragically low at eight percent.
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