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What is




Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an emergency situation in which the heartbeat stops beating normally.

This happens quickly and unexpectedly, to people of all ages. SCA is caused by an abnormality in the heart's electrical system.

When SCA happens, oxygenated blood stops flowing to the brain, the heart and the rest of the body. 

Immediate action with CPR AND  the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), increases the chances of survival by 65%*.


Can Children Die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest? 

Children can have an undetected underlying heart condition that hasn't presented prior to an SCA incident


What Can Parents Do?

Take your child(ren) for an annual well-child visit with a physician


If your child says their heart "doesn't feel right" or it feels "weird" or it hurts, especially during or after physical activity, take them to see a physician for cardiac screening as soon as is possible

Encourage your Child's school to join the
Project Brock "Heart-Safe Schools" Community

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Warning Signs!

Parents should take their child to see a physician if their child experiences**:

        Chest pain, especially with physical exertion

        Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting (syncope), especially if they have had more than one episode of fainting, or if they have had a fainting spell with physical exertion, or when they have a fever.

        Palpitations, which is the sensation of feeling one's heart beating really intensely, or feeling your heart "pounding", in circumstances where it isn't expected.


        An unusually fast or irregular heartbeat or pulse. 

        Unusually loud snoring, gasping or laboured breathing at night.

        Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen and veins in the neck

Children Reading the Holy Bible

What Can Schools Do?

Have at least one AED on-site and place it in a visible and easily retrievable location

Join our FREE Project Brock
"Heart-Safe Schools" community
for resources, training and support


* Fukuda, T., Ohashi-Fukuda, N., Kobayashi, H., Gunshin, M., Sera, T., Kondo, Y., & Yahagi, N. (2017). Public access defibrillation and outcomes after pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation, 111, 1-7.
**Marc Boutet, Alberta ACP

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