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Quintuple Bypass in 1998, Seven Marathons Since, SCA March 4, 2015

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 6 blockages of over 97% and a quintuple bypass was performed. It was a lifesaver.

Help Save the Rural AED Program!

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. 

LAFD to Launch Pulsepoint Smartphone APP and Announce CPR Training Initiative with LA Unified School District

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.

American Heart Association Teams with Assemblymember Rodriguez to Train a Generation of Lifesavers

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.

Update on motorcycle poker run ( NEBRASKA RIDE TO REVIVE )

Hi everyone, just wanted to spread the word, on June 6th , 2015 we are having the first annual Nebraska Ride To Revive. It will be a poker run to raise money to raise awareness, teach CPR, hopefully purchase AED's and possibly purchase pulsepoint into our 911 system. Check us out on Facebook!!!
Ron

What I couldn't mention in my September 25th blog entry...

In November I made a presentation at the AHA about the incidence and magnitude of leaning. ("leaning" is what some people call "not getting to full recoil")

The short form is that in a study where the cohort's age distribution approximated that of cardiac arrest victims, sixty percent of those tested exhibited enough residual force at the top of the recoil stroke to negatively impact a victim's probability of survival.

The reason for using a cohort with the same age distribution as the victims is that more than two-thirds of all SCAs occur at home, and if there is another person present who is capable of performing CPR, that person is usually about the same age as the victim.

Just a crazy question

Hey everyone, I was sitting here wondering what kind of fund raising is done for the SCAF? I have been riding motorcycles for roughly 35 years, and have been on many fund raising rides for many different causes, but don't ever recall a SCAF ride. I would be interested in putting one together here in the Midwest. Is this a plausible idea?

In Memory of My Sweet Dad

I never thought this would happen to our family. My dad had a heart attack in his 50's, had a stent placed, continued with life as normal, always healthy and active, worked his entire life. My dad, Michael Atkins, 76 years young, died suddenly on November 2, 2014 from sudden cardiac death. He showed no prior symptoms (and always went for his checkups, stress tests, etc) and had just began to lay carpet with my son and there was another man present also. He was laughing and joking and suddenly collapsed on the floor. My son had no training in CPR but was guided over the phone by EMS on what to do and did the best he possibly could. EMS arrived in about 5 minutes and worked with my dad for over 30 minutes, but to no avail. My son described the symptoms (gasping breaths, twitching of the arm and turning blue) which depict SCA. We are all heart broken and wish we could have said goodbye. My dad was loved by all and his great advice, wisdom, and hugs will be missed by all.

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Our Health California Supports Pulse Point App to Provide Bystander Assistance for Victims of SCA

Richard Price was having lunch when he heard the familiar sound of an approaching siren. To his surprise, the paramedics pulled up right in front of the restaurant. Someone next door was lying unconscious and unresponsive after collapsing. Richard was a veteran 30-year firefighter and was just feet from this cardiac arrest victim — but completely unaware of their peril.

At that moment he realized just how much fate or good luck is involved in having a CPR-trained individual in the exact right place at the exact right time. As fire chief, he spent years training as many people as possible in CPR and placing defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the community.

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