Legendary American rock star Tom Petty died Monday night at his home in Malibu, California. Petty had just finished his months-long tour and returned back home when seemingly out of nowhere, his heart stopped. He experienced cardiac arrest, a medical emergency wherein your heart stops beating unexpectedl
Although the incidents of death from heart failure have decreased over the past few decades due to medical improvements like stents and bypass surgery, more than 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before they even reach the hospital, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine. As was reportedly the case with Petty, it’s because their hearts stop while they’re at home or out in the community, where there’s no defibrillator available or someone to immediately perform CPR.