An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable, user-friendly electronic medical device that can analyze and diagnose potentially life-threatening heart rhythms. If the AED detects a heart problem that may respond positively to an electric shock, it permits a shock to be delivered to restore a normal heart rhythm. AEDs provide simple audio and visual instructions, designed for easy use. AEDs are simplistic in nature, can be used by anyone, have audible prompts, easily accessible where available. 

More information regarding related or similar causes can be found below, with brief descriptions of each organization or resource.

SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes): The mission of SADS is to save the lives and support the families of children and young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities.

Parent Heart Watch: Parent Heart Watch is the national voice protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and preventable Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Parent Heart Watch leads and empowers others by sharing information, educating and advocating for change.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory): Project ADAM aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens through education and life-saving programs.

American Heart Association: The mission for the American heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.

Sarver Heart Center: The Sarver Heart Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease via the academic pillars of research (discovering knowledge), education (sharing knowledge) and patient care (applying knowledge)

Anyone Can Save a Life: Heart Screening: This website provides the steps to implement the Anyone Can Save A Life program in your school. By implementing the program—and specifically creating Student Response Teams—your school is empowering students to be part of the coordinated response necessary to ensure the best possible outcome to every emergency.

Center for Disease Control: National Vital Statistic

Heart Rhythm Society: The Heart Rhythm Society provides additional information and resources about the heart and any heart conditions

AR/CPR & First Aid: Learn more about CPR and effective first response

Zoll AED Plus: Fully Automatic: Learn more about how AEDs work

SADS Foundation: Scientific Articles: Learn more the science and review data about Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS)

Saving Hearts Foundation: Saving Hearts Foundation is a non-profit organization established to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest through education, awareness, and action

SCA Support Page: A FaceBook page for families to share their stories, experiences, ask questions, and so forth

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Other Causes:

Comotio Cordis: sudden cardiac arrest after a sudden blow to the chest at the critical point when the heart is recharging for the next beat; it is the seconding leading cause of death in young athletes while playing baseball.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is when the electrical system of the heart does not function properly leading to the heart not pumping blood to vital organs and the rest of the body. When this occurs, the victim loses consciousness and/or has seizure like activity. If untreated within minutes of occurring, it leads to Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD).

Learn more about SCA, SCD, AEDs, and review additional resources from other organizations or foundations.


AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators)

Electrical Causes:

Brugada Syndrome: abnormality in the channels which direct the electrical currents in the heart, that could lead to a deadly rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. 

Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachyardia (CPVT): the heart rate increases due to physical or stressed induced situation, which can lead to ventricular tachycardia and then SCA.

Long Q-T Syndrome:  when the heart's electrical system takes alonger than normal time to prepare for the next heartbeat; this can lead to a chaotic heart rhythm.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW): an extra electrical pathway from the atria (top chamber) to the ventricle (bottom chamber) is created and can lead to excessively fast heart rates.

Structural Causes​:

Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD): when the right ventricle (bottom chamber) wall heart muscle is replaced with fatty-fibrous tissue; this leads to it being stretched and weakened, causing an enlarged right ventricle and decreased effective pumping ability.

Coronary Artery Abnormalities (CAA): the arteries which supply the heart with oxygenated blood are malformed; during exercise, the heart does not receive the oxygenated blood needed, leading to a lethal rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): when the heart muscle is stretched and enlarged making it hard for the heart to function properly; most common form of cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): when the heart muscle becomes to thick to properly pump the blood through; can lead to blockage of blood flow out of the heart and lethal rhythms; second most common type of cardiomyopathy.
Kawasaki Disease: caused by an inflammation of the blood vessels in the body, including those in the heart; this can lead to damage and further complications in the future.

Marfan Syndrome: inherited abnormality of the connective tissues of the body; aorta (largest artery in the body) can become weak and rupture; usually characterized by long legs, toes, arms and fingers.

Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP): when the valve between the left atrium (upper chamber) and left ventricle (lower chamber) do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backwards; this can lead to arrhythmias. 

Myocarditis: inflammation of the heart muscle due to a virus, bacteria or fungus causing a weakening of the walls, decrease in pumping action and decrease in ability to oxygenated blood to the rest of the heart and body.