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Take a step for survival. Join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Health Community in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 14th. Can't walk with us that day? You can still support the team by donating here.

About 1,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest every single day in the U.S., and most of them die. Those who do survive invariably received immediate CPR and treatment with a defibrillator. 

Is It Sudden Cardiac Arrest or Heart Attack? They’re Not the Same.

Understanding the Difference Could Save Your Life

Survivor Runs to Raise Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Without any warning, in September 2015 I suffered from and luckily survived a sudden cardiac arrest. The DC Half Marathon (Rock & Roll DC) will mark six months from when I was discharged from the hospital. This year will be my third R&R DC and is very different from past years. Many of those 5-10% that survive an SCA aren't nearly as fortunate as I and often suffer from severe and life long motor, memory and many other neurological problems. This page is to raise awareness for  Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

From Fear to Faith… Reflections of a Wife and CPR Lay Rescuer | Jennifer Chap

I woke up today on Rick’s 4th re-birthday since his Sudden Cardiac Arrest on 2/27/12. I walked into our kitchen and just stared at the floor where it happened; and I wept. Today I am sharing my very personal side of our story that I have shared with very few… These feelings and memories are as visceral today as they were on the day it happened. As a wife and lay rescuer, I experienced the most spiritual moment of my life. It changed me. It gave me both hope and nightmares. It caused me to want to be more in life in the time Rick and I have left. From this experience, I came to understand the true meaning of gratitude. (Read on for more...)

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Heart Attack Patients Are At Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. But Ray's Story Brings Hope.

Ray 2. Death 0."

My recent blog described the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. One key distinction is that while the heart attack patient is awake and the heart is beating, the sudden cardiac arrest patient is not awake and the heart is not beating.

Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but the two conditions can be related: Heart attack patients face an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest. 

An Elegy for Maggie Dixon

MAGGIE DIXON

The time cadets rushed on the court
To carry you off in a large tumult
Of crisp fatigues from long grey lines,

I’ll remember that one every time.

Too young to think you have to die,
Too young to be in poetry.
Too young to have a last regret,
Too young to die in your footsteps.

And now, and now you lie at rest
In honored soil that tears have blessed.
Now those who loved you carry you on
To courts they feel your spirit on.

They play each year inside your name.
They play for memory, and for fame.
And though your death still makes no sense,
Your life does make a difference.

Día de Muertos

I am not from Mexico but I do celebrate Día de Muertos with our good neighbors to the south, even if it is for different reasons. On Nov first 2012 , I stopped into the cafeteria of my engineering firm to pick up some breakfast. I walked to my desk and began preparing my work for the day. I was feeling a bit tired but assumed it was from the Halloween activities the night before. My mother was in town and we had a pretty long run of trick-or-treating with my 4 year old daughter. At around 8:40 a co worker asked if I could come give some inspiration to a fellow teammate who was struggling with quitting smoking. Yes, I was asked to provided encouragement and advice to a friend about living a healthy lifestyle. After all I had previously been a 1/2 pack a day smoker and was quite proud of my knowledge of top shelf bourbon, but I had given all that up to become a more active and healthier person.

I love to tell how I survived SCA just because I can!

It was a cold, but dry day in Saintfield, Northern Ireland. The 17th January 2011 was to be the day that we finalised an insurance claim for our business, which had been very badly water damaged by burst pipes in the apartments upstairs. On the way home we called at the shop. There were workmen resurfacing the road and the traffic was slow, almost at a standstill.

We parked and walk the short distance to the door of the shop. Graham was one step in front and suddenly I felt dizzy. I tried to say "I don't feel well", but it was too late. I just dropped.

Graham was in a panic and had no idea what to do. Just then, Michelle, who is a school nurse was sitting in the traffic, she shouted to Graham, " do you need help? Graham said he did and she quickly came over.

What are the most serious problems with CPR?

FROM 10,000 feet:
1. We're not focusing on training the people who most need to be trained. The people most likely to need to perform CPR are about the same age as - and live alone with - the victim.
2. The technique most commonly taught is something that the vast majority cannot perform for ten minutes.
3. Many of the people who will be called upon to perform CPR weigh too little to perform 2" chest compression on a chest of average stiffness.
4. Even with free instruction, many people who need to know won't take the time to learn.

THE DETAILS:

SCA Survivor since 12/27/2007

One morning at 6:30 a.m. two days after Christmas, my husband and I were just approaching the TSA at LAX after visiting our son and his family. I suddenly felt faint and said to my husband "I feel like I'm going to faint". He said I just dropped and he was close enough to catch me before I hit the ground. My eyes were open and I had no heart beat. He immediately started CPR and yelled for help. LAX personnel pulled me away from my husband and a nurse who was helping him (she compressed my heart while he blew into my mouth). They tried the first automatic defibrillator and it didn't work. Another one was called for and it did the job. I was resuscitated a total of 7 times before the doctors at the hospital miraculously saved my life by inserting two stints in my LAD. I was put into a medically induced coma for 5 days and awoke with no memory of much except saying I felt faint at the airport.

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