February 19th, 2018

Carmel, IN, Survivor Shares Story as Bolt for the Heart Donates 90 AEDs to Indiana State Police

CARMEL, IN--Jeff Utzinger frequently runs through his neighborhood to stay healthy, but ironically it nearly killed him.

The Carmel resident suffered a cardiac arrest during a run in June 2017, crumpling to the ground unconscious as his heart failed to pump blood to the rest of his body. Without intervention, death usually happens within minutes.

Cybersecurity For Implantable Devices: What Should You Know?

The potential for hacking cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and defibrillators may be a growing problem for patients and health care providers, according to an article by ACC's Electrophysiology Section Council published Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Adrian M. Baranchuk, MD, FACC, et al., examine the risk of hacking cardiac devices and provide an outline of what can be done to improve cybersecurity from the standpoint of manufacturers, government and professional societies, and physicians and patients.

February 15th

Take a Step for Survival

Join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 12th.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh. This year's walk will be on Saturday, May 12th.

The annual fundraiser is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield so that there is no cost to participating nonprofits and all funds raised go directly to those organizations. The 5K walk will begin at 9 am at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

February 14th

CMS Releases Final Coverage Policy For ICD Implantation

On Feb. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final policy decision updating the national coverage determination (NCD) governing implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation for Medicare fee-for-service patients.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What You Need to Know to Save a Life

In celebration of Heart Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has issued a fact sheet on 12 Things You Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (see attachment), along with a downloadable infographic targeted to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share this information through their networks.

12 Things to Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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A Save of Olympic Proportions: Paul Wylie's Comeback from Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a Reminder of the Importance of Learning CPR, Especially During February, Heart Month

Three years ago, figure skating Olympian Paul Wylie overcame a substantial disadvantage and survived Sudden Cardiac Arrest, thanks to immediate CPR from one of his workout buddies. To help save more lives, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to commit to learn CPR now, during Heart Month.

February 12th

New Protocol Gives Patients Fighting Chance to Survive Cardiac Arrest

Condition that has nearly 100% mortality improves to 40% survival

COLUMBUS, OH--More people are walking away from a type of cardiac arrest that is nearly always fatal, thanks to a new protocol being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. It’s called an ECPR alert.

Ohio State cardiologists work in conjunction with Columbus Division of Fire to implement this novel pre-hospital life support protocol that has limited availability in the U.S. 

Currently, only about 10 percent of people survive a sudden cardiac arrest that happens in the field – even fewer survive with normal neurologic function. The ECPR alert is designed to change those numbers.

February 11th

Obesity, Other Risks Play Large Role in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among the Young

Research Spanning More Than a Decade Points to Importance of Screening for Risk Factors Earlier in Life

LOS ANGELES, CA--Obesity and other common cardiovascular risk factors may play a greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among younger people than previously recognized, underscoring the importance of earlier screening, a Cedars-Sinai study has found.

While sports activity often garners attention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest in younger patients, it was cited only in a small percentage of those ages 5 to 34 in the study, published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

February 1st

AHA Releases Latest Statistics on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA)[1] annually in the U.S., nearly 90% of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2018 Update. According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic[2] OHCA in people of any age is estimated to be 356,461.

New Cleveland Clinic Survey: Only Half Of Americans Say They Know CPR

When it comes to heart health emergencies, many Americans don’t have the knowledge to aid others, and often don’t know the proper way to help themselves, according to a new Cleveland Clinic survey.

The survey found that slightly more than half of Americans (54 percent) say they know how to perform CPR; however, only one in six know that the recommended technique for bystander CPR consists of just chest compressions – and no breaths – on an adult. Even fewer, 11 percent, know the correct pace for performing these compressions (100 to 120 beats per minute).

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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