Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who may seem to be healthy, even children and teens. When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
SCA leads to death in minutes if the person does not get help right away. Survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR, and using an AED (if available) as soon as possible.
SCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Approximately 356,000 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year, and nine out of 10 victims die. When bystanders intervene immediately by giving CPR, survival rates double or triple.
Per Georgia law, the GHSA requires all schools to hold an informational meeting twice per year regarding the symptoms and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Because of COVD-19 restrictions, Vidalia High School is providing this information to all parents on this website (Click Here) and also on the Vidalia High School Website (vidaliahighschool.org)
The link will provide you a presentation on Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which should be viewed by each parent/guardian and student-athlete. This link will provide information on sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs, prevention, and actions.