Why Your Health Club Should Have an AED

By Scott Lehnkering, Insurancenewsnet.com

The number one killer in America is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which kills more than 400,000 people each year. It can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time, and in most cases, without warning. Without treatment, victims have only minutes to live. With quick response, this condition is readily treatable with survival rates well over 50 percent. Unfortunately, most of the time, the necessary life-saving equipment does not arrive in time. As a result, typical survival rates are only 2 percent to 5 percent.

The goal of fitness facilities is to help improve health and fitness among the population, but to do so, health club members intentionally push their bodies to the limits of physical exertion on a regular basis. Because cardiac arrest rarely displays any warning signs and affects all ages and levels of fitness, no one is truly 100 percent safe from this incredible danger.


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