May 10th, 2010

National EMS Week Kicks Off May 16th

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) will
kick off the 37th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week starting May
16th with events in communities across the nation, as well as several national
events organized around the theme, "Anytime. Anywhere. We'll be

EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical
technicians, first responders, fire fighters and police, some paid, some
volunteer. National EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities
coast-to-coast, including safety demonstrations, fire truck and ambulance
tours, blood pressure screenings and educational programs. 


Emergency Physicians Recommend Strategies for Improving SCA Survival

IBystander CPR is Key

Ninety percent of U.S. emergency physicians believe that resuscitation practices aren’t very effective and support a number of strategies designed to improve resuscitation for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest, according to a survey released Friday by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Of the 1,056 who responded to the State of Resuscitation survey, 88 percent said bystander CPR intervention is an important factor in boosting survival, along with getting patients to doctors more quickly (77 percent), better data collection and sharing (73 percent), automated technologies (66 percent), and real-time feedback on chest compressions (65 percent).

May 7th

Calling Arizona Survivors

Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest from
Arizona and their guests are invited to participate in the launch of
the Arizona Affiliate of the SCA Foundation's National SCA Survivor Network on Tuesday, June 1 in

The Network gives SCA survivors and their families an opportunity to:
• Connect with others who have experienced similar life-changing events
• Share experiences and help one another in the healing process
• Participate in research and awareness initiatives designed to help save more lives.

Become part of a national movement to raise awareness and
help save other lives. For information: info [at] sca-aware [dot] org or 877-722-3475;

Sam Sears, PhD, SCA Foundation Adviser, to Present at Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions

The ways spouses and significant others influence outcomes for
patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) will beexplored by Samuel F. Sears, PhD,
on May 14, at the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions in Denver.
The presentation will be part of a session on the influence of social
relationships on outcomes for ICD patients.

Dr. Sears is a member of the SCA Foundation Advisory Council and Director of Health Psychology Program East Carolina University, Department of Psychology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

For more information about Dr. Sears, click here.

To read some of his publications, visit the SCA Foundation library here:

Remembering the Moms

many, Mothers' Day is a wonderful day to celebrate our mothers and fond memories, and to enjoy and cherish our children and grandchildren.

For mothers who have lost children to
sudden cardiac arrest, it can be a day of pain, sorrow and longing--not only because death came too soon, but because it took the promise of  future grandchildren with it.

If this description fits you, please know that we
at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation are
thinking of you on what might be a very difficult day. May this expression of our sympathy bring you some comfort.

May 5th

Teens Remember John Babbitt, Fellow Student Lost to SCA

Chatham, N.J.--The Fourth Annual Walk With Heart fundraiser, in memory of a Chatham teen who died of sudden cardiac arrest, is scheduled for Sunday, May 16, at The Pingry School in Martinsville. The walk benefits the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, which works to prevent sudden cardiac death. The Walk With Heart is sponsored by the JTB Foundation and is organized by students in The Pingry School's JTB Club.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The Pingry School is reached from Exit 33 on Route 78. For more information visit All participants will receive an event T-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages.
Music, a raffle, and prizes are planned, and representatives from Atlantic Health Systems will be demonstrating the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Oklahoma Teen Brought Back to Life after Heart Stops

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma teen is being called a miracle after dying then being brought back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Josh Girty is recovering at the Children's Center in Bethany after he suffered cardiac arrest a couple of weeks ago during a Christian concert at the Ford Center.

Paramedics told his mother he actually died, but they were able to use a defibrillator to bring him back to life.

Josh's mother said she spent her three-hour drive from Alva praying.

"Just lifting him up to God. I've done that all my life. He's my child, and I love him but ultimately he's God's not mine," said Laura Girty, Josh's mom.

Doctors diagnosed Josh with a rare genetic heart defect with a 20-percent survival rate. He has one surgery and a couple more weeks of therapy.

His mom thinks God saved him for a reason and said his goal is to be a missionary.

SOURCE: News on 6

May 4th

Norwich Free Academy Accepts AEDs in Memory of Larry Pontbriant, Jr.

Norwich, CT––Norwich Free Academy juniors Josh Cingranelli and Michael Grant were honored at NFA on Thursday by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation for a video they produced last fall on the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR in increasing the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

The condition killed Larry Pontbriant, Jr., an NFA athlete, while he was running in a fun run in 2007.

The three-minute video features interviews with Pontbriant’s friends Hillary Coombs and Matt Gianelli, and a demonstration on CPR and defibrillator use by Lt. Joseph Hebert, of the Norwich Fire Department, all interspersed with pictures of Pontbriant from childhood to the lacrosse field at NFA. Larry would have graduated with Coombs and GIanelli  this year.

May 3rd

Saved by Swim Angels, by Carol Mathewson

I’ve always been in peak physical condition, very healthy and extremely active….running, hiking, kayaking and biking.  But on August 17, 2008, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest while swimming in the Danskin Triathlon and disappeared underneath the water.  What saved my life was the quick action of volunteers at the event who saw me go under and started CPR and the quick response by emergency medical personnel at the scene. 

April 29th

SCA Foundation Gears Up for Pittsburgh Marathon

Project Partner StreetSmart Segway Teams Up with Pittsburgh EMS for Ride-Along

Pittsburgh, Penn. – April 30,
– The Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Foundation, an affiliate charity partner, will participate with a team of
runners, walkers and volunteers in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh
Marathon on Sunday, May 2. The ‘You Can Save a Life’ team will be running in
memory of those lost to sudden cardiac arrest, in honor of hundreds of
survivors, and in the hope of raising awareness to increase survival worldwide.

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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