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Everything went perfectly... after the Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Healthy 25 year old female drops dead. Yeah, those things happen. My husband and I got a phone call at ten o'clock on a December night at our home in Houston with the news that our daughter had collapsed and was 'stabilized'. That was all the news we were going to get until we showed up in person in Ithaca, New York. I packed for warmth and death. After the longest airplane ride in our lives, we walked into a hospital room overwhelmed with beeping machinery and our daughter, small and unmoving, attended by a serious team of doctors and nurses. Even at this point, she was everyone's miracle--a survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

AED vs. CPR

The difference between performing CPR and using an AED

  1. An AED is a device that examines the victim's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer as to whether to administer a shock or to resume chest compression. The AED either delivers the shock when you press the button or it delivers the shock automatically.
  2. CPR pushes oxygen-bearing blood to the heart muscle and brain. The preservation of these two organs determine the degree you can function if resuscitated. CPR also delays the transition from a shockable rhythm to a non-shockable rhythm.

Which is better?

How to Help Your Loved One Come Back After SCA

If you're reading this perhaps you are lucky enough to have a loved one who survived sudden cardiac arrest. Wonderful! Let me share my personal experience with you in case it can help you unlock your loved one's mind and bring he or she back to his or her old self.
My dad had a SCA and was lucky enough to get CPR after a minute of collapse. He was in a coma for a few days. Upon waking from his coma he presented almost as a stroke victim and was unable to talk, feed himself, walk, etc.. The hospital would make some attempts to rehab him with PT and OT however most of the time the staff would not do much with him and say he was "sleeping". Well, after my own research into the matter I began to direct his care and help ensure that he reach his full potential at the time.

I'm Still Dancing on This Side of the Ground

On July 16, 2016 in celebration of life, I will be spending dinner with the two bystanders who used their collective CPR skill to save my life. On November 15, 2016, I was driving a big rig with a 53 foot trailer full of the United states Mail, I drove for a private contractor. I was traveling over the Sierra Mountains and Donner Summit in the first snow storm of the year when I suddenly died. This is more than a dramatic statement, because when the heart stops one dies. Miraculously 29 weeks later, I am reporting to you that this was my first and only Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This is 1 in 6 with a happy ending.

My Incident

Last October, I was jogging on a treadmill at my gym only going 5.2 mph, which is a slow pace when suddenly everything went black. There was no white light, no shining tunnel just an instant and complete blackout. The next thing I remember is being flat on my back on the now still treadmill with about six people surrounding me. They were asking me questions about what my name was and what day it was. I was confused but I remembered my name and the fog quickly cleared. That's when I saw the AED paddles on my chest and realized that something quite serious had just happened. The EMS had not arrived yet but I was surrounded by a very professional gym staff that had applied CPR and the AED shock, which converted my heart into normal sinus rhythm.

33 States Now Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation. What Are the Others Waiting For?

June 1-7 is National CPR-AED Awareness Week. It's time to start teaching all students CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before high school graduation.

Flashback. It was 30 years ago. I was moving from New Jersey to Indiana and I only had a few days left before heading west. So I took a chance. Just before the big move, a friend drove me to the city to meet with an editor at PARADE Magazine. I wanted to write an article about the need to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in schools. Widespread CPR training was then--and is now--a passion of mine. 

CPR Realities

Your ability to perform CPR has nothing to do with strength - it is determined by your weight, your weight distribution, the stiffness of the victim's chest, and the method of chest compression - manual (with then hands) or heel ( with the heel of the foot.)

Use of heel compression quadruples the number of people that can perform 2 inch compressions for ten minutes.

When the people who are most likely to have the opportunity to perform chest compression, it it likely that they wil most likeiy be able to do so with Heel Compressions,

Write with questions to bobt [at] slicc [dot] org

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Join or Support Our Team Today!

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.

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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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