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December 11th

What I couldn't mention in my September 25th blog entry...

In November I made a presentation at the AHA about the incidence and magnitude of leaning. ("leaning" is what some people call "not getting to full recoil")

The short form is that in a study where the cohort's age distribution approximated that of cardiac arrest victims, sixty percent of those tested exhibited enough residual force at the top of the recoil stroke to negatively impact a victim's probability of survival.

The reason for using a cohort with the same age distribution as the victims is that more than two-thirds of all SCAs occur at home, and if there is another person present who is capable of performing CPR, that person is usually about the same age as the victim.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest During Sports: How Can the Risk Be Reduced?

250 of the world's leading specialists met in Berlin last weekend

December 4th

L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women of Worth Celebration Recognizes 10 Exceptional Women; Phyllis Sudman Named 2014 National Honoree

Phyllis SudmanNEW YORK, NY-- L'Oreal Paris honored 10 women for their extraordinary contributions to their communities at the ninth annual Women of Worth celebration Tuesday night and recognized Phyllis Sudman, co-founder of Simon's Fund, as the 2014 Women of Worth National Honoree. Inspired by L'Oreal Paris' iconic brand philosophy, "Because You're Worth It," the Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism. 

Distrust of Police Is Top Reason Latinos Don't Call 9-1-1 for Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC--Fear of police, language barriers, lack of knowledge of cardiac arrest symptoms and financial concerns prevent Latinos – particularly those of lower socioeconomic status – from seeking emergency medical help and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Barriers to Calling 911 and Learning and Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Residents of Primarily Latino, High-Risk Neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado") 

Just a crazy question

Hey everyone, I was sitting here wondering what kind of fund raising is done for the SCAF? I have been riding motorcycles for roughly 35 years, and have been on many fund raising rides for many different causes, but don't ever recall a SCAF ride. I would be interested in putting one together here in the Midwest. Is this a plausible idea?

December 3rd

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physician-Researcher Awarded NHLBI Grant to Study Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Funds to help develop prevention strategies for deadly heart condition
 
LOS ANGELES, CA--One of medicine's most prominent experts in sudden cardiac arrest has received a new $2.36 million grant to study how to better predict the deadly heart condition that kills an estimated 300,000 Americans each year.
 
Over recent years, Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, and his team of researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have identified several risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest, including levels of sex hormones in the blood, genetics and electrical and structural abnormalities of the heart.
 
The new grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will support research with patients 35-59 years old.

December 2nd

In Memory of My Sweet Dad

I never thought this would happen to our family. My dad had a heart attack in his 50's, had a stent placed, continued with life as normal, always healthy and active, worked his entire life. My dad, Michael Atkins, 76 years young, died suddenly on November 2, 2014 from sudden cardiac death. He showed no prior symptoms (and always went for his checkups, stress tests, etc) and had just began to lay carpet with my son and there was another man present also. He was laughing and joking and suddenly collapsed on the floor. My son had no training in CPR but was guided over the phone by EMS on what to do and did the best he possibly could. EMS arrived in about 5 minutes and worked with my dad for over 30 minutes, but to no avail. My son described the symptoms (gasping breaths, twitching of the arm and turning blue) which depict SCA. We are all heart broken and wish we could have said goodbye. My dad was loved by all and his great advice, wisdom, and hugs will be missed by all.

December 1st

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Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest on #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday...what's next? #GivingTuesday--a day to give to charities like the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization working to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the U.S.

November 27th

Stressful Duties Raise Police Officers' Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say.

Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths.

The results aren't surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

“In the general population those really stressful things like anger or physical stress, like a lot of snow shoveling for a person who is usually sedentary, can serve as triggers for cardiovascular events,” Kales told Reuters Health. 

“We thought the same thing could happen with law enforcement officers but we were struck by the magnitude of the risks,” Kales said.

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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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