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1,000 Reasons Why You Should Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Today, #GivingTuesday

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 1,000 people outside hospitals each day in the U.S. Sadly, it is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Survival rates are generally dismal, but they improve dramatically when bystanders take action by calling 911, giving CPR and using AEDs. You can help promote awareness, understanding and action by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today, #GivingTuesday.

Dear Friends,

Help Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Joe Farrell's Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dear Family, Friends & Colleagues:

The Serious Fright Lurking in Our Communities

When we think of October, Halloween typically comes to mind; when dressed as monsters, ghosts and goblins, we take delight in spooky costumes and scaring others. Sadly, there’s a serious, legitimate fright lurking within our community every month of the year that strikes out-of-the-blue, but wears no disguise. Most of us don’t know about the threat of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is an electrical disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm. It is not the same as a heart attack. The only way to survive SCA is with CPR and shocks administered from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Is Your School Prepared?

By Jonathan Drezner, MD

A tragedy occurred in our community July 24th when Allen Harris, a student-athlete at Federal Way High School, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a preseason football workout. Harris was 16 when he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes oversized and prone to abnormal rhythms.

As a parent, I think the death of a child is unfathomably sad. This distressing event should make us all pause and review our schools’ policies to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes playing sports. It is associated with structural and electrical heart disorders that usually present no warning symptoms.

Please vote in favor of PA Senate Bill 521

A Letter to Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate

Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911 and help is on the way. No one in her class knows how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the school nurse is out sick. How can this be happening? Doesn’t everyone know CPR? And isn’t there a defibrillator in her school? You rush to the school. The ambulance has just arrived and the emergency medical technicians are trying to revive her. But it is too late.

Celebrate World Health Day: Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 12th.

Today is World Health Day. You are invited to celebrate this global day of health awareness by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The annual event, scheduled for May 12th in Pittsburgh, is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, so all funds raised go directly participating nonprofits.
 

You can save a life!

Visit our GOFUNDME page and consider a donation of $25 or more.

What Nicole Kidman Would Like You to Know

Nicole Kidman's father died from sudden cardiac arrest. Here's what she would like you to know.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes. That is about 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s half of all heart disease deaths.

Those deaths afflict seemingly healthy people of all ages and races, often without warning, including one in nine men. It is less common in women, but they are 50% less likely to receive bystander help.

Patient Care, Advocacy Are Powerful Bedfellows

Published first on EMS1

Jimmy Kimmel's story reminds us of the breadth of EMS' commitment to our patients

As a mom and an EMT with a similar story, I was touched by Jimmy Kimmel's emotional monologue about his newborn son Billy. With more than 10 million YouTube views, it’s a critical reminder of two underlying messages.

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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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