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September 10th, 2010

Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Families Invited to National Conference

PITTSBURGH--A workshop for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their families, and medical professionals will be conducted on Dec. 8, 2010 in San Diego, prior to the Citizen CPR Foundation’s biennial conference, the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update. The physical and psychological issues many survivors experience will be discussed and resources will be provided. Participants will also get tips and best practices on the survivor/family role in advocacy and support of initiatives and strategies to bring awareness to policymakers and the general public.

Presentations will include:

September 1st

Vote to Save Lives in Schools Across America

Help save lives in schools across America.

Vote to Save Lives in Schools Across America

Help save lives in schools across America.

Vote to Save Lives in Schools Across America

Help save lives in schools across America. That’s what the
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will do if it receives enough votes to win a
Pepsi Refresh Project grant.

The “Save Lives in Schools Across America” project will
raise awareness in secondary schools and help save lives through:

·     
targeted distribution of the Foundation’s award-winning
educational publication, You Can Save a Life at School™

August 18th

Connecticut Town Named Heart Safe Community

THOMASTON, Conn. – The town has been designated a HEARTSafe Community by the state health department and the American Heart Association. The town has defibrillators throughout and residents have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"It means we are now going to have town folks start doing care immediately before EMS arriving," said Skip Gelati, a member of the volunteer ambulance corps. "It will be win for everyone." Gelati explained that when someone has a cardiac arrest there is a 6-minute window in which the chances of them being revived is quite high.

High Risk Residential Areas Identified for AED Placement

Researchers were able to identify high-risk residential areas suitable for the placement of an automated external defibrillator by using simple demographic characteristics of a city center, according to a new study published in Circulation.

August 12th

Lancaster Amish Learn to Use AEDs

LANCASTER, Pa. — The
plodding horse and buggy clomping down your street might be concealing some
surprisingly advanced technology.

Amish in Paradise
Township, who generally shun technology, are learning how to save lives with
automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

August 6th

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

Clinical findings, work-up, treatment, long-term management, and athlete preparticipation screening guidelines are discussed in an article published in the July issue of Post Graduate Medicine. Researchers state that knowledge of sudden cardiac death in young athletes is imperative for all physicians and allied health professionals. The complete differential diagnosis of a young patient with sudden cardiac arrest will result in proper work-up and treatment. In this article, researchers review several etiologies of sudden cardiac death, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and commotio cordis.

SOURCE: Michael S. Westrol, BA; Raffi Kapitanyan, MD; Andreia Marques-Baptista, MD; And Mark A. Merlin, DO, Post Graduate Medicine, July 2010

New ICD May Lead to Safer Heart Treatment

 Scottsdale
Healthcare is only Arizona hospital, 1 of 35 worldwide in clinical study

SCOTTSDALE,
Ariz. -- Scottsdale Healthcare is the only
Arizona hospital system testing a new under-the-skin device that uses an
electrical shock to interrupt possibly fatal heart rhythms, restoring a normal
heartbeat for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

August 5th

NY Paramedics Use Hypothermia to Treat Cardiac Arrest Survivors

New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano today announced that City Paramedics have begun treating cardiac arrest patients with hypothermia therapy – a new, life-saving medical procedure that has been proven to slow the deleterious impact of cardiac arrest on the human body. The treatment involves providing cold intravenous liquids to patients in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage as well as preserve neurological function for patients who survive a cardiac arrest.

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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