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Infographic: The minutes after a cardiac arrest

Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2013

Someone has collapsed, and you can’t detect a pulse. Every moment counts. What happens next?

They can help increase your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by 75 per cent, but a CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that a shocking number of Canada’s Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) may be inaccessible to the public because they are locked away or not registered with emergency personnel.

How much time do you have to find and use an AED? The infographic below illustrates what happens to the body in those crucial first minutes after a cardiac arrest.

Watch Marketplace's episode, Shock to the System, Friday at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador). Join the conversation on Twitter @cbcmarketplace #defibs

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Design: Duk Han Lee, Research: Megan Griffith-Greene, Producer: Elaine Wong, Illustrations: iStock

Sources: American Heart Association, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, StatPADS

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