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May 15th, 2008

Back from the Dead: What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

First Year Data from the SCA Survivor Registry,™ An Initiative of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

May 15, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – One year ago, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation launched the SCA Survivor Registry™, the nation’s first online registry for people who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)—and lived to tell about it. Information submitted by 171 registrants offers a glimpse into the small community of rare individuals who beat the odds and survived this national killer.

A review of information about survivors in the registry, released at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco, shows:

May 13th

Survivor and Spouse Crusade to Save More Lives in Iowa

May 13, 2008 – HUMESTON, IA ­– Students, staff, and visitors at any school building in Wayne County, Iowa, are now a little more protected from the number-one killer of Americans--sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)---and soon all the citizens of Wayne County in rural south central Iowa will be a little safer.

After Butch Gibbs of Humeston suffered SCA in his home on April 2, 2004, and was saved by his wife, Susie’s immediate start of CPR and the quick arrival of the Humeston First Responders with their automated external defibrillator (AED), the couple began promoting the use of CPR and AEDs. 

There has to be a reason I survived,” said Butch Gibbs, “and I believe that reason is to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing how to do CPR and how to use an AED so that others may have the same chance I did.”

May 9th

Why AEDs Should Go to School

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) happens to kids as well as adults. A simple device known as an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save lives, but only if it’s in the right place at the right time

We see it in the news nearly every day. A young student, frequently an athlete, dies suddenly from cardiac arrest. Soon after, the school system develops an AED program in memory of the student.

Why wait for a tragedy? Do schools in your community have AEDs? If they don’t the time to get them is now.

It’s not just the headlines about sudden death in young people that are causing an increased interest in school CPR-AED programs. People are beginning to recognize that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States—and it can also affect children and adolescents. And they’re starting to understand that there is a treatment for it: the quick combination of CPR and defibrillation.

May 8th

Dentists in Scotland to Get AEDs

May 8, 2008–The prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has compelled main street dentists in Scotland to install defibrillators in their offices to speed up aid to patients who suffer from the condition. 

NHS Lothian, which provides healthcare in Edinborough, has been awarded £55,000 to buy 52 defibrillators so that dentists and dental nurses can be trained to use the devices in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“As many dental practices are located centrally in high streets, they have the potential to make a huge difference to someone suffering from cardiac arrest,” said Brenda Cottam, the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) community resuscitation coordinator in Scotland.

The scheme could be extended to all of Scotland after results are assessed, said Public Health Minister Shona Robison.

May 7th

A Heart Too Good to Die

Jeremy has published a book called A Heart Too Good to Die - A shocking story of Sudden Cardiac Arrest This suspenseful true story of modern day reanimation shares the shock and grief of life's fragility. It also describes, in layman's terms, the medicine of survival and the miracles required. It is an enticing and easily read story of a serious medical emergency, covering the emotions and issues of sudden cardiac arrest as well as providing relevant factual/clinical details. Foreword by David. A. Rubin, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. www.heart2good.com Some of the praise received so far...

May 6th

Sudden Cardiac Death: Who's at Risk

May 6, 2008­–Sudden cardiac death can often be prevented with an implantable defibrillator in people known to be at high danger. These include survivors of a heart attack, people with severe heart failure, and certain rare genetic abnormalities of the heart's electrical system. But defibrillators can't be implanted in everybody who might die suddenly.

Who is most likely to suffer a sudden death? A recent study from Germany has raised serious doubts about the common assumption that sudden death most often strikes unexpectedly and at random in apparently healthy men.

Ridgefield Earns HEARTsafe Award

 May 6, 2008­–RIDGEFIELD, CT–Ridgefield on Monday became the 20th town in the state of Connecticut to receive a HEARTSafe Community award. The award came from the state Department of Public Health, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the American Heart Association. It was presented to Fire Chief Heather Burford by Gary St. Amand, the state health department’s Health Program Associate in the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

ADHD? Get Tested Before Using Meds

May 6, 2008–Children should have their hearts checked before starting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The medications used to treat ADHD are stimulant medications that can get the heart rate and blood pressure racing. Between 1999 and 2004, 19 children taking ADHD medications have died suddenly. Others have had strokes, cardiac arrest and heart palpitations.

The AHA recommends children and adolescents be screened before taking medication, including getting an electro-cardiogram (ECGs). Any child already taking the medications should be tested.

No Stray Bullet

Jerry Vauk Jr., Austin, TX – 38 at the time of the event (2008)

Jerry VaukSaturday morning, Jerry sets off to test the bike route to his new workplace, two miles from home. He never got there. He doesn’t know why. In fact he can’t even remember the Friday before. He’s lucky to be able to tell the story. So very lucky, now he’s a survivor of the nation’s number one killer. He had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was found collapsed, under his bike, half on the sidewalk, half on the road.

Two men in a truck saw him and called 9-1-1. A nurse on her way to jazzercise class saw their truck blocking the lane and stopped to help administer CPR. No one else passed by while they waited for the emergency services.

May 5th

2,000 AEDs Donated in Ontario

May 05, 2008 –BARRIE, Ontario­–The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Restart a Heart, Restart a Life AED Program and the Heart and Stroke Chase McEachern Tribute Fund have reached a significant milestone. The foundation announced Friday 2,000 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been allocated to municipalities across Ontario.

The original goal was to allocate 1,000 in five years, but the foundation surpassed its goal by 100 per cent in just two years. Rocco Rossi, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, said it showed people are working to make Chase McEachern’s dream a reality.

Today is fantastic, and truly is a testament to the power of dreams to overcome any obstacle, and the power of dreams to overcome even death. In particular, the power of a dream of one special young boy,” he said.

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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