Sudden cardiac arrest and sport
When playing sport, the human heart is working faster and pumping harder. It needs more oxygen than normal. Further pressure on the body during exercise includes dehydration and changes in temperature and electrolytes. This added stress can trigger the electrical system of the heart to beat dangerously fast or stop beating altogether.
Since sports place such a large demand on the heart, a nearby, on-site defibrillator could be the difference between life and death for young athletes.
Using a defibrillator in the first five minutes increases a person’s chance of survival to