REPORTERS & BLOGGERS: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a sudden and unexpected pulseless condition attributable to cessation of cardiac mechanical activity. Each year, 359,400 people experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest and nine out of 10 victims die. This is more than the number who die from Alzheimers, assault with firearms, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using AEDs before EMS arrives, 38% of victims survive. More... We have your expert sources. Call 724-934-0034 or email media [at] sca-aware [dot] org for immediate interviews.
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Rutgers University ICD Survey
Rutgers University (with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation) is conducting an online survey of people who have declined an implantable cardiac defibrillator. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Please follow this link, for details about the study, if you would like to participate.
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SCA and Heart Attack: Understanding the Difference
It’s a common misconception that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are the same thing. In reality, they are quite different. Understanding the difference could save your life—or the life of someone you love.
Heart Attack: A “Plumbing Problem” - The person is awake and the heart is beating
Sudden Cardiac Arrest: An “Electrical Problem” - The person is NOT Awake and the heart is NOT Beating
A Heart attack (the medical term is myocardial infarction or MI) occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is reduced or blocked, causing the heart muscle to become injured or die. The person is awake (conscious) and may complain of one or more of the signs and symptoms of heart attack. Read More
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Reporter Fred Anklam, 48 at the time, was at work when it happened to him. Tracey Conway, 38, was performing a comedy routine when it was her turn. Nick Giorgione, 13, was at football practice. Virginia Monahan, 57, was rushing to catch her plane. Henry Jampel, MD, 44, was swimming laps. Dick Bylund, 50, was at his son's football game. Paula Opheim, 20, was jogging on campus (Read Paula's personal story in the discussion forum). Ethan Miller, 12, was jumping on a trampoline. Amanda Trevathan, 17, was in math class. Jim Baum, 64, was visiting with family and friends at home. Kelli Harris, 27, was working out at a health club.
What Do These People Have in Common?
What do these people have in common? They all suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Without any warning, their hearts stopped, they collapsed, and they were clinically dead. Unlike countless other SCA victims, they were the lucky ones. They survived, thanks to immediate intervention by bystanders and other rescuers who called 9-1-1, provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and used automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to restore a normal heartbeat.
Most SCA victims (93%), however, do not survive. Why is survival such a rare thing? The problem in large part, is a lack of awareness and basic training on the part of the public and even some health professionals. It doesn't have to be this way.
SCA Foundation - Interview with Norm Abramson
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Do you want to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest? Donate today to the SCA Foundation. Your tax deductible contribution may mean the difference between life and death for someone you love.
SCA Is A Treatable Condition
Many victims can survive if they are treated quickly with a combination of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. If we can increase the rate of survival from 7% to 20%, 50,000 lives could be saved each year in the U.S. alone.
Who We Are
The SCA Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has been established to help increase awareness about this public health crisis and reduce death and disability from SCA, through this website and other initiatives.
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