Research Article
Volume 7 Issue 10 - 2020
Awareness of the Public about Sudden Cardiac Death in Saudi Arabia
Wafa Ali Aldawood1, Fatimah Jafar Al-jass2*, Fatimah Ahmed Alnabi3, Rawabi Jawad Alradhi2, Sawsan Mohammed Nour Shukri2, Israa Ali Alyousef3, Fatimah Abdrabalridha Bukhamsin3, Bayan Hadi Alshola3, Ghufran Hussain Al-Abdullah2 and Zainb Maki Alzawad3
1Cardiologist and Consultant of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University Hospital, Saudi Arabia
2Medical Student, Alfarabi College of Medicine, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3Medical Student, College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Fatimah Jafar Al-jass, Medical Student, Alfarabi College of Medicine, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: September 10, 2020; Published: September 24, 2020


Background: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a common and devastating event, often occurring in the prime of life and having profound consequences for surviving members of the individual’s family.

Objective: To determine the public awareness regards the causes, risk factors and management of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and screening of families at higher risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the general populations of Saudi Arabia in different localities. Data was collected by using an online pre-designed self-administered questionnaire distributed via social media network. Sociodemographic and awareness data was obtained.

Results: Out of the studied 4309 respondents, 68% were females, 67.3% were university or higher educated. Most of the respondents (91.8%) have heard about SCA. More than half the participants (58.7%) knew the difference between SCA and heart attacks. Chest pain and tightness were the most known warning symptoms of SCA; 63% and 57.0% respectively. Around half the respondents knew cessation of pulse and loss of consciousness are immediate symptoms of SCA. 39.3% did not know the causes of SCA. Family history of SCD was reported in 19.9%, among which, 25.4% did screening for heart diseases. Most of the participants (75.2%) have heard of CPR and 34.1% can perform CPR skillfully, 39.5% know the right action if they see a SCA subsect.

Conclusion: In our study, most of the respondents (91.8%) have heard about SCA, 58.7% knew the difference between SCA and heart attacks, 34.1% can perform CPR skillfully, 39.5% know the right action if they see a SCA subsect.

Keywords: Awareness; The Public; Sudden Cardiac Death; Saudi Arabia


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