Organizations call for greater awareness for cardiac arrest

Nov 18, 2010

Groups are calling for more attention to the dangers of cardiac arrest

There are a number of health conditions a person can be diagnosed with that place them at a higher risk of an early death. When people are diagnosed with such conditions, they typically end up having to pay increased life insurance premiums, as they are considered a higher risk to insure.

Coronary artery disease, for example, can put a person at an increased risk of going into cardiac arrest. Clogged arteries make it more difficult for blood to reach the heart.

More than 40 organizations met in Washington D.C. to call for more awareness of cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing CPR. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition chair Alice Lara says policymakers need to do more to help save lives.

"Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition is raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest to a volume that policymakers cannot ignore," says Lara. "We believe that a few key actions taken by leaders across the country may help save the lives of future SCA victims."

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