My son had an SCA last July (16 years old). I just received his genetic testing results which was positive for Long QT Syndrome. If anybody can give me information I would appreciate it.
Call it being at the right place at the right time but I am fortunate to have saved two SCA victims in the past year. The most recent occurred just over 2 weeks ago. Here is a link to the story http://patch.com/california/cupertino/area-exec-saves-heart-attack-victi...
The most important thing is that both individuals lived. That said I am trying to understand are the odds of this happening? From what I understand it is rare to save one persons life with CPR...but two in one year?
If anyone has some data that can shed some light on this, I would appreciate it.
On April 11, a bystander and two police officers saved the life of a man who had been walking in South Park (Pittsburgh, PA) when he suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. On April 22, Pittsburgh police officers and paramedics saved the life of a fellow officer who suffered cardiac arrest in the West End station.
Why did they survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when so few victims do?
The answer is simple: Bystanders started CPR and used defibrillators immediately.
Unfortunately, SCA is a common occurrence in Pittsburgh and across the nation. In fact, it affects about 1,000 people of all ages each day in the U.S.
While on average, only 10 percent of victims survive, when people at the scene of the emergency intervene quickly by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs), survival rates increase to 40 percent.
Help raise awareness about SCA and the importance of knowing how to save a life.
I am scared and thankful. Praise God for this miracle.
He was released from hospital on Friday so "cardiac Rehab" hasn't started. hopefully they will call tomorrow cause he keeps asking me.
Nights are the worse..he can't sleep and seems anxious.
He seems so, so distant right now. Watching the Washington Nationals comfortably but no conversation.
I'm not sure what to do. I would appreciate any suggestions from other spouses who have been through this.
Thanks so much. Donna
The Florida Supreme Court, in a decision handed down on April 2, 2015, denied AED Good Samaritan immunity protection to the Lee County School District (Florida) and said a jury trial should decide whether the District had an obligation to use a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED) on a fallen student. This case highlights the limited protections available under AED immunity laws in most states and the potential risk implications for AED programs.
My son is an accomplished athlete. He participates in local, regional, national and international events and has been very successful. He trains hard. Sometimes during practice he will feel dizzy or light headed. He has never passed out. Sometimes while not training or competing (while at rest sitting and watching TV) he will tell me his heart hurts or it is beating fast. Our local high school offered a heart screening and during this screening we learned he might have LV Hypertrophy non-compaction. He is adopted but I do know that no relatives have died of SCA. We have our first in office doctor appointment on Thursday morning. So we are early in the game. He had an EKG and an ECO and was screened for a heart murmur. The cardiologist said my son might need to stop competing in his sports at a high level and play for recreation. My son only has one speed and that is all out, all the time. He tells me he wants to continue to compete.
I am certainly lucky to be alive today. I have been a runner since age 30 in 1977, motivated by my then 2-year-old son and a high cholesterol count. Over the next 20 years, I added weight-lifting and yoga to my weekly exercises. After passing age 48, the age my father died from a heart attack, I thought I was home free. Unfortunately, in December 1997, I woke up one morning and couldn't run. A nuclear stress test diagnosed six blockages of over 97% and a quintuple bypass was performed. It was a lifesaver.
President Obama has zeroed out funding in his FY 2016 budget for HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program—the program designed to save lives from cardiac arrest with automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Now it is up to Congress to restore funding for this life-saving program. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a member of the Ad Hoc Coalition To Save Lives Through Public Access to Defibrillation spearheaded by the American Heart Association, asks you to contact your legislators today and urge them to help restore funding for this vital program.
The program helps buy and place AEDs in rural communities and trains first responders and lay rescuers in their use. The program ensures those who live in rural areas or small towns have access to the tools that give them the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, but the program currently only has the resources to operate in 12 states.
Thank you to Mayor Eric Garcetti for supporting the work of PulsePoint to ensure our future adult bystanders will take the necessary steps to provide early emergency care to Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims. Today, the Los Angeles Fire Department joined with the PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Angelenos via PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR.
The partnership was formally launched Wednesday, March 4th at an event at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno where 120 students became CPR trained. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD ESC-East Superintendent Roberto Martinez, PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price and The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou to discuss the LAFD’s rollout of the free PulsePoint app.
New legislation would help keep communities safe by requiring lifesaving CPR training before graduation
SACRAMENTO, February 13, 2015 – A bill introduced to the state legislature holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in California by requiring that schools teach students Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before they graduate. Assembly Bill 319 would effectively prepare young people to respond to victims experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, many of which die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because CPR was not administered.
The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, and requires the governing board of a school district and charter school to provide instruction in performing CPR.