April 21st, 2010

Jennifer Bassett Honored By NAWBO for Volunteer Service

PITTSBURGH--Jennifer Bassett was one of 29 area volunteers recognized by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners during the Tenth Annual Make the Connection Awards Gala on April 21. "Often, it is the hard-working person in the background who never gets (his or her) name in lights or even in a program, who keeps the wheels of a volunteer machine moving," said Jill Kummer, Chapter President. "Strong communities exist because of the thousands of dedicated volunteers and service organizations that support us in so may ways."

Awards were presented by Randy Grossman, former Pittsburgh Steeler. "There is something about Pittsburgh--there is no place nicer. It is a  vibrant community, made more special by its tremendous sense of service and volunteerism."

April 20th

Swedish Researchers Discover New Heart Defect in Young Patient

The discovery of a new heart condition may prevent more young people from becoming victims of cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the Heart Rhythm Foundation, sudden cardiac arrest -- which happens when the body's blood-pumping organ abruptly stops working -- claims about 325,000 lives every year in the United States. Researchers in Sweden have discovered a new disorder linked to cardiac arrest that almost took a young man's life.

A genetic defect in the protein glycogenin can lead to an energy crisis in muscle cells and ultimately cause cardiac arrest. The protein's function is to initiate the build-up of glycogen that makes up muscle cells' carbohydrate reserves. When the genetic defect causes the protein to malfunction, the body -- including the heart -- experiences a shortage of glycogen.

Runner Saved at Boston Marathon

BOSTON -- A man running the Boston Marathon Monday was saved by spectators and fellow athletes after he collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest. Carleton Smith, 64, collapsed and staggered to the ground at the intersection of Beacon and Mountfort streets in Kenmore Square at about 1:20 p.m. The location is less than two miles from the end of the race. Spectators and fellow runners began CPR as a nearby ambulance crew was called.

"That was probably the greatest thing that could have happened to that man when he fell down," said Janell Jimenez of EMS. She and her partner then began to use a defibrillator to resuscitate Smith, who is from Louisiana.

"We were doing CPR and ended up bringing him to the back of the ambulance where we got a pulse and he started breathing on his own," said Jimenez.


SOURCE: The Boston Channel

PA Education Committee Considers AED Placement in Schools

Harrisburg, PA --- On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 a group of parents who lost children to sudden cardiac arrest and subject matter experts will testify before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Education Committee. The purpose of their testimony is to endorse House Bill 1803, introduced by Representative John Siptroth (D). The bill would amend the public school code to provide and expand Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) placement and training in schools and create a Cardiovascular Screening Pilot Program.

April 15th

Survivor Nation: The Origins of the SCA Foundation National Survivor Network

So far, at least--few victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survive. The national average still languishes at 7%. Unfortunately, therefore, few people live to tell about their experiences.

We established the National Survivor Network to bring survivors together--to support one another and to help save other lives. The Network was highlighted in the April issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. More:

For more information about the Network, contact Jeremy Whitehead at Jeremy.Whitehead@sca-awareorg.

Raise Awareness About SCA...and Your Organization

Sponsor the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team

PA--Looking for visibility in Pittsburgh or in the running world? Sign up for the "Pittsburgh Presence" sponsorship package and help support the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team. Our team is one of 30 selected charities participating in the DIck's Sporting Goods
Pittsburgh Marathon--the nation's third largest marathon--on Sunday, May 2. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 for the Pittsburgh Marathon component of the Pittsburgh Presence package. Sponsor at a higher level and gain visibility at the SCA Foundation annual awards reception on October 7th and in other SCA Foundation initiatives.

Study Shows Bystander Use of AEDs Saves Lives

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Surge When AEDs Are Used Before EMS Arrival

Pittsburgh, Penn. – April 15, 2010 – Victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who are treated with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by bystanders have a much greater chance of survival than their counterparts, according to landmark research by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

April 13th

Tennessee Bill Will Require Schools to Have AEDs

A new bill aimed at improving safety in schools is on its way to the governor's desk.

The "Tanner Lee Jameson Act" was crafted in memory of the 13-year-old Maryville boy who collapsed and died during a Parks & Rec. basketball game at Eagleton Middle School in June.

His mother, Rhonda Harrill, hopes to prevent other families from going through a similar ordeal.

"For me, by them doing this, it's justice. It gives me closure, that this can help another kid not to go through what we went through," Harrill said.

Monday night, the Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill. It requires all schools in Tennessee to have at least one automatic external defibrillator (AED). There must be one in the school's gymnasium, and other units are required to be in places readily accessible during emergencies.

"It could save anybody, and hopefully it does," Harrill said.

Fire Chief Saves Coach at Grandson's Basketball Game

WARMINSTER, Penn.--In Bucks County, they're still marveling over the
life-saving efforts of a local fire chief. As
it turns out, his heroics weren't performed while battling a blaze, but at a
kids' basketball game.

Cochrane, 62, was coaching his grandson's team in the Warminster Basketball
Association Championship game in Bucks County when, during a time-out, he fell
to his knees and quickly blacked out. He was falling victim to sudden cardiac

when Mitch Shapiro jumped in. Shapiro's son plays on Cochrane's team but he's
also the chief of the Warminster Fire Department.

Oregon Study Finds Genetic Clue to Fight Sudden Cardiac Death

Dr. Sumeet Chugh of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles started the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study in 2002, when he was based at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. A study tracking Portland-area sudden cardiac arrests has revealed a gene variant that may protect against the unpredictable and deadly problem.

Since 2002, researchers leading the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study have gathered every relevant detail they can find on every case of sudden cardiac arrest that occurs in Multnomah County. In a new analysis, the researchers sequenced the genes of 424 cardiac arrest patients and compared them to sequences from 226 control subjects who had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease but never experienced a cardiac arrest.

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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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