Resuscitation Science in Circulation
A Timely Topic
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Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the most frequent cause of death in the United States and Europe. This devastating event touches almost everyone professionally and personally because most people have known family members, friends, and colleagues who died suddenly. The prevention and reduction of SCA remain important public health priorities. However, even with state-of-the art primary and secondary prevention, SCA continues to occur. Thus, resuscitation, and science to perfect it, will always be critical.
The American Heart Association has set an aggressive goal of reducing death from heart disease and stroke by 2020, including doubling the survival of those suffering SCA.1 Other resuscitation …