August 21st, 2014

Way to Go Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California

Way to Go Brentwood School for taking the lead in Athletic Cardiac Screenings!

In conjunction with UCLA Health, the Brentwood School Athletic Department has put together an opportunity for our Middle and Upper School student-athletes to receive a comprehensive sports physical, including a cardiac screening, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. This is a great chance for your child to get pre-participation medical care from sports specific physicians to ensure your child's health going into the upcoming sports seasons. By attending this mini health fair, your student-athletes will be medically cleared to participate in all sports for the 2014-15 school year.

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National Efforts to Raise Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academies of Sciences, recently conducted a meeting in Seattle to continue its preliminary work on the status of cardiac arrest outcomes in the U.S. and opportunities for improvement. (Click here for report.)

As part of that meeting, IOM cardiac arrest committee member Ben Bobrow, MD, of the Arizona Department of Health Services, moderated a panel on the public’s experience with cardiac arrest. Mary Newman, MS, of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, was among the invited speakers. She was asked to discuss the Foundation’s education, advocacy, and community building initiatives, and the public’s perception of sudden cardiac arrest and its prevention and treatment. 

My Valentine Story

Sue NixonOn the morning of February 14th 2007, three minutes before my heart stopped, three people made choices that saved my life.

A postman was selecting his route, a nurse with an unexpected day off was heading to Starbucks, and my business partner called just before I ran out the door of my home.

Instead of letting the call go to voicemail, something compelled me to answer the call—so that three minutes later, instead of being on the highway going 60 mph, I was driving up a side street near my home when I had my cardiac arrest.

August 20th

Report on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest

A national initiative to improve survival from cardiac arrest

A Test Working to Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

On September 14, 2007, Lorenz Diesbergen, age 44, stepped off a commuter train in downtown Chicago and began his daily walk to work in the Chicago Loop. As he crossed the bridge over the Chicago River, his heart’s normal rhythm suddenly deteriorated into an uncoordinated frenzy of useless fibrillations. He may have managed a few more steps—we don’t know—before he pitched forward and fell face-first onto the sidewalk.  Paramedics were on the scene within minutes, but efforts at resuscitation proved futile. He left behind a wife and four children.

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is the medical term that describes sudden death due to rapid and catastrophic failure of the heart’s pumping function (without warnings signs).  SCD usually arises from an unstable arrhythmia arising in the heart’s left ventricle, and it results in the immediate loss of blood pressure needed to keep the brain and other vital organs alive. 

August 19th

Two Months in Maui

I hope this story brings hope to those who have a loved one who doesn't look like they will make it. With very good care, lots of prayers and lots of love, my husband made it through this life changing event.

August 17th

Poor Health Literacy Poses Risks for Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients

NEW YORK, NY--Patients who rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to maintain a normal heart rhythm run the risk of serious health complications if they don't fully understand how the devices work and what to do when they experience an irregular heartbeat. But a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published this month in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing found that 40 percent of patients with these devices had little to no ability to understand information about their cardiac health.

Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

Gregg Fonarow, MDLOS ANGELES--Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows.

While the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association jointly recommend the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices for all eligible patients, minorities have not been well represented in clinical trials of the devices, and previous studies had shown that African American and Hispanic patients are less likely to receive these recommended therapies.

August 14th

Emergency Responders Credit Public Access Defibrillator with Saving Hockey Player’s Life

GUELPH, ONTARIO--Emergency responders—fire, police and EMS—are highlighting the importance of having public access defibrillators (PADs) in community spaces.

On Thursday, August 14, a 9-1-1 call was made from the University of Guelph sports arena to report that a 49-year-old hockey player had collapsed and was without vital signs.

As fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the call, Guelph Police Constable Stu Robertson and Campus Community Police Sgt. Steve Forbes, who were already at the university, were first to arrive on scene.

Rink staff brought the AED to the scene. An AED or automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by delivering an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.

After the initial shock was delivered, the patient regained a pulse.

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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