February is National Heart Awareness Month
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February is National Heart Awareness Month

So besides considering the gift for your sweetheart, schedule an appointment with your doctor.  According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sudden cardiac arrest(SCA) occurs when the heart, suddenly and unexpectedly, stops beating.  
-Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seemingly healthy.
-Between 300,000 and 400,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in a non-hospital environment every year.
-SCA causes more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle accidents, and diabetes, combined.
-For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by about 10%.
-The average time for paramedics to arrive, once 911 is called, is eight to 12 minutes.

Furthermore, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states that the survival rate outside of a hospital setting is only 1% to 5%, but the chance of survival increases considerably if they can be immediately treated with an AED.

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