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Facts and Figures

Want to learn more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the statistics that surround it? Below we have compiled a list of facts and figures which shows just how common SCA is in the UK and the survival rates against this.


  • Four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home
  • For every minute that goes by without treatment, a victim’s chance of survival from SCA decreases by 7-10%
  • Less than 5% of victims which suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital environment survive
  • Around 270,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK, approximately a third of these will die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest
  • Early CPR and defibrillation can increase a victim’s chance of survival from just 6% to 74% if delivered within the first 3-5 minutes
  • Sudden cardiac death is a dramatic and/or spontaneous death which is usually cause by a heart condition
  • 12 young people (aged up to 35) die each week in the UK due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • 59% of people wouldn't feel confident enough to act in an emergency without basic first aid knowledge
  • When a defibrillator is used within the first 60 seconds of a cardiac arrest, chances of survival increase to 90%
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest can occur in individuals with no previous symptoms or conditions

 Want to learn more? You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions page where we've answered the most popular question regarding Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators.


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