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October: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October. What comes to your mind when you think of this month? Pumpkins, apple picking, leaves changing colors, football, breast cancer awareness, trick-or-treating? What a popular month! October gets a lot of attention, but it’s not just for pumpkin spice lattes and pink ribbons. While we all agree breast cancer awareness is important (I wear pink for my mom. She’s a breast cancer survivor!) October is also Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills more people every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, assault by firearms, and vehicle accidents combined. In fact, more than 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year, yet there are many who don’t know what it is or give it a second thought until it strikes them or a loved one. This month, AED.US blogs will be focused on Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We’ll go over what SCA is, the warning signs, ways to help, etc. If you have any specific questions or want additional information, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to cover it. You can reach out by calling 800-695-1209 or emailing support@aed.us.  


Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director

Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.

“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated October 2, 2019