The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition is comprised of more than 40 organizations passionate about preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) deaths through legislative initiatives that lead to greater public awareness, research, and access to life-saving therapies.
We are focused on working cooperatively on a national level to achieve results with Congress, the Administration, other policy makers, the media, health care providers, and the public.
As a whole, the Coalition and its membership:
- Recognizes that SCA is a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 295,000 lives annually,1 and, as such, demands our urgent attention.
- Supports the need for SCA public education/awareness initiatives, as well as the need for more research into the causes and risk factors of SCA in youth and adults.
- Recognizes that increased awareness of the causes and risk factors of SCA will lead to improved identification of high-risk patients and ultimately save lives.
- Takes action to ensure that all victims of SCA have prompt access to the lifesaving therapies of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and external defibrillation, including the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
- Recognizes that more widespread citizen CPR and AED training is needed and that individuals need to be empowered to take action and administer emergency care.
- Takes action to ensure that those who can be identified to be at high risk for SCA have access to therapies, including implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and/or cardiac resynchronization (CRT) therapy.
Through awareness, greater research, and improving access to life-saving therapies, the SCA Coalition hopes to save lives and protect all Americans from this leading killer.
1 American Heart Association, 2010 update