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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Facts

* Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada. That’s one cardiac arrest every 12 minutes. Without rapid and appropriate treatment, most of these cardiac arrests will result in death. Thousands of lives could be saved through public access to automated external defibrillators.

* When an AED and CPR are immediately available, the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is substantially improved.1 Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more.

* For every one minute delay in defibrillation, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim decreases by 7 to 10%. After more than 12 minutes of ventricular fibrillation, the survival rate is less than 5%.

* Legislation in provinces across Canada protects individuals who use AEDs from liability when they are used in the context of saving a life. Information about individual provincial regulations can be obtained from the provincial Heart and Stroke Foundation offices.