Heart Rhythm Society Applauds Introduction of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resolutions

The Heart Rhythm Society, co-chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Coalition, applauds the introduction of Senate Concurrent Resolution 93 and House Concurrent Resolution 393, which call for a National Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month in October. Introduced by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND), the resolutions will support efforts to raise awareness about the risk of SCA, improve the public’s ability to identify warning signs, encourage individuals to seek medical attention in a timely manner and promote the need for further research into the causes of this leading killer. “The Heart Rhythm Society commends Representatives Capps and Pickering and Senators Crapo and Dorgan for taking a leadership role in bringing SCA to the forefront with the introduction of this important legislation,” said Dr. N.A. Mark Estes III, president of the Heart Rhythm Society. “An SCA Awareness Month will provide a national opportunity to not only raise awareness and highlight the need for continued research; but also save lives.” Ninety-five percent of those who experience SCA die because they do not receive life-saving defibrillation within 4 to 6 minutes, before brain and permanent death start to occur. It can happen to people of all ages — without warning — and even when there are warning signs, most don’t recognize them. The resolution is supported by the Heart Rhythm Society and the 29 organizations that comprise the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition.