Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiac arrest is not another name for a heart attack but is a condition cause by a fault in the heart’s electrical system which causes the heart muscles to stop. Most sudden cardiac arrest occur in patients with serious heart disease. Besides heart disease and heart attack, cardiac arrest may also occur as a result of respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, choking or trauma. The vast majority of sudden cardiac arrests happen in people’s homes and death can occur in minutes.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, the first duty of anyone observing such a condition is to immediately call 911. After the paramedics arrive at the scene, they provide advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The survival from cardiac arrest then transport to the nearest hospital to get extensive care. Because the importance of ACLS to help cardiac arrest patients, paramedics need to take ACLS class and pass the ACLS exam. If they pass the exam, paramedics will get ACLS certification.