Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

What are the survival rates with AED & EAP in place vs. without?

Survival rates can be very slim in cases where a person suffers a cardiac event without an emergency plan in place, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). With conditions like heart attack or stroke, time is critical in treating the patient and in keeping the problem from doing further damage, according to the NIH. When emergency plans are in place, survival rates can go up to more than 70 percent where there is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in place, according to the National Athletic Training AssociationOff Site Iconc (NATA)

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Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics