March 7th, 2011

Another High School Student Dies from SCA

DENVER--A 17 year-old Fort Collins resident who collapsed during a rugby match in Timnath had an enlarged heart and died of cardiac arrest, according to the Larimer County Coroners office.

Matthew Hammerdorfer had at least one surgery to correct the congenital defect when he was eight years old, Kari Jones, Larimer deputy coroner, said Sunday.

March 5th

96 Minutes of CPR Save 54-Year-Old Man

GOODHUE, MN--A 54-year-old Goodhue man is alive and well thanks to the heroic efforts of a team of first responders who chose not to give up on the man, who was lifeless for more than an hour and a half.

High School Basketball Star Dies on Court

Wes Leonard, star of the Fennville High basketball team, died of cardiac arrest brought on by a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, said the Ottawa County, Mich., medical examiner Friday.

March 3rd

High School Basketball Star Dies on Court

March 2nd

Medtronic Foundation Launches Heart Rescue Project

The Medtronic Foundation announced today a $15 million commitment to reduce sudden cardiac arrest deaths in the United States. The HeartRescue Project assembles the country’s leading emergency and resuscitation experts to expand successful city and county sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) response programs to statewide levels. The goal is to improve outofhospital cardiac arrest survival rates by at least 50 percent in five years within pilot states.

HeartRescue Partners at the Universities of Arizona, Duke, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington, and their partner agencies, will for the first time at the state level coordinate proven protocols and hightech treatments along three critical levels of response: bystanders, emergency medical services and hospitals.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Founation is one of several patient associations that will be working with the project partners.

March 1st

SCA Survival: A Wicked Problem

Rates of survival from sudden cardiac arrest have languished for decades, despite 40 years of exhaustive efforts to improve the situation, according to Larry Starr, PhD, and Allan Braslow, PhD, in an article published today at JEMS Online. Starr and Braslow are spearheading a Special Task Force on Reshaping the System of Survival through the University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics program. They say SCA survival is a "wicked problem" that cannot be solved without considering the complexities of human behavior and organizational systems. 

February 24th

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Saves One of Their Own

Christopher Solomons Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom – 48 at time of event (2010)

Chris Solomons

As an emergency medical dispatcher for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Christopher Solomons had answered countless calls for help from people who'd witnessed someone collapse in sudden cardiac arrest.

Chris never expected he would become the one who needed help. While driving to work, Chris began having chest pain.
"I did not think much of it at the time, so I carried on driving to work," he says. Then his arm started to tingle, he began to sweat and the pain intensified. He tried to pull over and call for help, but his hands were spasming and he couldn't get the phone from his pocket. He stumbled into his office, where paramedics James Vine and Lee Davison quickly realized something was wrong.

February 23rd

Saved by a Vest

February 22nd

Rural AED Funding Cut from FY 2012 Budget

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Citizens to Contact Their Legislators

Funding for the Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program has been excluded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) FY 2012 budget, according to HRSA’s newly released “Congressional Justification for the Health Resources and Services Administration.” This is a decrease of $2.5 million from FY 2010.

The RAED Grant Program, which began in 2002, provides funds to community partnerships, which then purchase and distribute automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in rural communities to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting 295,000 Americans each year. On average, only 7-8% survive. In communities that have rapid access to AEDs, the survival rate is 38%.

February 17th

We are going to have to do this ourselves.

There is a deadly phenomenon named 'commotio cordis'. It can occur when a person receives a hard blow to the chest at a certain time during the normal cardiac rhythm. This can happen in ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football, karate, or any sport where a hard blow to the chest can happen. It is so significant a problem that US Lacrosse adopted a position statement ( on it in 2008.

Barry J Maron, PhD, has been investigating the incidence of cardiac arrest via commotio cordis and has established a national registry to collect the data necessary to better understand the phenomenon. The registry data show an average frequency of occurrence of 17 instances per year with only about 12 percent of the victims surviving. Intuitively, it is highly unlikely that the registry has captured all instances. The problem is probably worse than reported.

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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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