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REPORTERS & BLOGGERS: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a sudden and unexpected pulseless condition attributable to cessation of cardiac mechanical activity. Each year, 424,000 people experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest and nine out of 10 victims die. This is more than the number who die from Alzheimers, assault with firearms, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using AEDs before EMS arrives, 38% of victims survive. For references click here.

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2014 News Releases

10/07/14: Force for Health Foundation and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Jointly Launch Student Health Force Chain of Survival Program for Schools

9/25/14: The AED Readiness Project: A Cost-Effective Solution for Schools Aiming to Prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest by Deploying Defibrillators

8/6/14: National AED Readiness Project Aims to Help Individuals and Organizations Prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

6/30/14: TV News Anchor Susan Koeppen, National Spokesperson for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Shares Her Inspirational Story of Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

2/28/14: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Launches "You Can Save a Life at School AED Challenge"

1/22/14: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's Greater LA Affiliate and Brentwood School Best Buddies Program Donate Defibrillator to McBride School

2013 News Releases

11/07/13: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits
 

10/04/13: Bystander's Heroic Actions Mean the Difference Between Life and Death for Young Victim, Reports Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

07/01/13: Save Money on Mobile Phone Bills and Help Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

06/06/13: Will Proposed FDA Action Reduce Access to Defibrillators for Victimes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

05/16/2013: Raising Awareness about the Nation's Leading Cause of Death: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

03/04/13: It Takes a Village to Save a Life: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Recognizes Heroes Who Save the Life of Roland "Mike" Dulaney

02/13/2013: Youth Sports Safety Alliance Develops National Action Plan to Protect Student-Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Other Life-threatening Condiions

2012 News Releases

11/1/12: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Colleges to Ensure Campuses are Prepared to Prevent Unexpected Cardiac Death Among Students, Faculty and Visitors

10/2/12: October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use an AED

08/30/2012: Discover Your Peers and Find Support at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network

08/10/2012: Help Raise Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Create a Short Video for a Chance to Win an Automated External Defibrillator

07/02/2012: Honor Your Heroes. Nominate Them for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award.

05/31/2012: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announced Two Contests in Recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week

05/30/2012: Citizen CPR Foundation Partners with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at ECCU Conference, Sept. 11-15

05/17/2012: TV News Anchor and Survivor Susan Koeppen Will Walk to Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Earlier News Releases

06/26/2009 — SCA Foundation Mourns The Loss of Michael Jackson
06/04/2009 — SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Video Contest
06/17/2008 — Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Honors Bystander
05/15/2008 — Back from the Dead: What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
05/10/2007 — SCA Foundation Launches First Online Registry for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors
02/20/2007 — Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces SCA Survivor Registry™
06/23/2006 — Leading Experts Launch Effort Against America's Number One Killer– Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Nation’s Leading Cause of Death Reportedly Claims the Life of a Pop Icon

Pittsburgh, Penn. – June 25, 2009 –

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation joins countless Americans in grieving the loss of pop icon Michael Jackson. His apparent death from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a painful reminder that SCA is a leading cause of death worldwide.

“While this tragic loss may have been unexpected, sadly, sudden cardiac arrest is not uncommon,” said Bobby Khan, MD, Chairman of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, Fulbright Scholar, Associate Professor at Emory University and Director of the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular Research at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to men, women and children of all ages, and for many reasons. African Americans are at even higher risk.”



Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. SCA usually results from an abnormal heart rhythm, often as a result of underlying heart conditions. Unfortunately, for many people, the first symptom of these conditions is SCA, meaning about two-thirds of unexpected cardiac deaths will occur without prior indication of heart disease. Approximately 250,000 people die every year from SCA in the U.S. alone. In fact, more people die each year from SCA than from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms, and house fires combined. For more information about sudden cardiac arrest, including how it differs from the more commonly understood heart attack, as well as the critical links in the Chain of Survival, visit www.sca-aware.org.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
The SCA Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to serve as an information clearinghouse and social marketing force focused on raising awareness about SCA, and stimulating attitudinal and behavioral changes that will help save more lives.
Initiatives include an online registry for SCA survivors, an online community for people affected by SCA, an awareness campaign for schools, and the "People Saving People" awards.

The SCA Foundation maintains a national database of survivors and experts available to speak with the media.
For more information, visit http://www.sca-aware.org.

CONTACT:
Carissa B. Caramanis O’Brien
Red Box Communications for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
Phone: 978-875-2020
Email: carissao [at] redboxcommunications [dot] com
Twitter: @carissao
http://www.sca-aware.org/sca-newsroom

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SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Video Contest

In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, Foundation Donates Free AEDs to Winning Schools

Pittsburgh, Penn. – June 4, 2009 – The SCA Foundation today announced the winners of its first video contest designed to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The student competition drove teams from across the country to submit videos about the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, and empowering students to make a difference in helping to save lives.

The Grand Prize Winner is St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury, Maryland. The SCA Foundation will award the school with a new AED, three CPR Anytime™ kits, and a Nintendo Wii game system.

“We are a small school with limited resources and an emerging health program,” said St. Francis de Sales School Nurse Andrea Maione. “An AED was on the top of our must-have list to ensure our emergency preparedness. We are so thrilled to have won, as the AED will serve not only the students, faculty and staff or our school, but through our onsite community parish center, where many events are held, it will also be available to our broader community.”

Teams of students wrote, filmed, starred in and edited their own 3–5 minute videos promoting the importance of CPR and AED use. The SCA Foundation panel of judges reviewed the entries for their overall message, creativity, originality, degree of student participation and likelihood to raise awareness.

Finalists were posted on the SCA Foundation’s website (www.sca-aware.org/schools) and on its YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/SCAFoundation) and promoted to schools nationwide.

While technical accuracy was not a key focus in the judging, one of the objectives of the contest and its prizes is to encourage the development—through awareness and training—of potentially life-saving skills.

“Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time, including students, teachers and community members in schools and playing fields across the nation,” said Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. “When our youth and their leaders embrace the opportunity to get trained in CPR and AED use, we begin to foster the growth of a new generation of people who are ready, willing and able to help in the event of sudden cardiac emergencies. Ultimately, this generation has the power to increase survival from the nation’s leading cause of death.”

Additional Winners Include:

Elementary School Category:

First Place: Regina Coeli Elementary School, Hyde Park, NY

Middle School Category:

First Place: St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Salisbury, MD
Second Place: JR Gerrits Middle School, Kimberly, WI
Third Place: Regina Coeli Middle School, Hyde Park, NY

Secondary School Category:

First Place: Plano High School, Plano, Texas
Second Place: Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls, Mass.

College Category:

First Place: Carroll University/University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
(created for Elm Brook Public Schools, Elm Brook, IL)

The First Place winners will receive an AED and a CPR Anytime kit. Second Place winners will receive a $200 gift card and a CPR Anytime kit. Third Place winners will receive a $100 gift card and a CPR Anytime kit. The awarded AEDs were donated by Cardiac Science and ZOLL Medical Corporation, both sponsors of the Foundation’s You Can Save a Life at School™ awareness campaign.

About the SCA Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to serve as an information clearinghouse and social marketing force focused on raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), and stimulating attitudinal and behavioral changes that will help save more lives. Initiatives include an online registry for SCA survivors, an online community for people affected by SCA, an awareness campaign for schools, and the "People Saving People" awards. The SCA Foundation maintains a national database of survivors and experts available to speak with the media. For more information, visit http://www.sca-aware.org.

CONTACT:

Carissa B. Caramanis O’Brien
Red Box Communications for SCA Foundation
Phone: 978-875-2020
Email: carissao [at] redboxcommunications [dot] com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/carissao
www.sca-aware.org/sca-newsroom

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Honors Bystander

Roman Matlaga Receives First Ever "'People Saving People(TM) Award"

PITTSBURGH, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation presented its inaugural People Saving People(TM) (PSP) Award on Father's Day in Las Vegas. The annual award program honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary heroic spirits, who help save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The Foundation proudly recognized Roman Matlaga, of Honesdale, PA, whose actions made the difference between life and death for fellow basketball player David Belkin, of Bethesda, MD, in February 2007. The PSP award was presented Sunday during the Citizen CPR Foundation's biennial conference, Emergency Cardiac Care Update, in Las Vegas.

"It is an honor to present the first-ever People Saving People(TM) award to Roman Matlaga," said Mary Newman, SCA Foundation president. "Bystander action is critically important in cases of sudden cardiac death because time is of the essence. A matter of seconds separates those who live from those who will die. We hope this award will bring attention to the fact that anyone -- and everyone -- must be prepared to help save a life."

Located 30 miles northwest of Scranton, Lakeside Elementary is within the Wayne Highlands School District of Honesdale, PA, where officials have outfitted all district schools with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Belkin, 65, collapsed during a basketball game in the Lakeside school gym on a Sunday morning in mid-February, 2007. Matlaga and his teammates sprang to action immediately, starting CPR and making quick use of the school's AED. After a combination of chest compressions, rescue breathing and one AED shock, Belkin awoke and asked, "Did we win?"

Although Matlaga is an emergency physician, he stresses that it doesn't take a doctor to save a life. "Any one of my teammates could have taken charge of the situation," he says. "Everyone needs to be prepared to take initiative -- you never know when something like this will happen."

Others recognized for their lifesaving actions were Eleanor Liebowitz, of Huntington Station, NY, who saved her husband Jerome, by calling 911 and following cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions from dispatchers, and Susie Gibbs, of Humeston, IA, who saved her husband, Butch, by giving CPR and using an AED.

About the SCA Foundation:

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to serve as an information clearinghouse and social marketing force focused on raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), and stimulating attitudinal and behavioral changes that will help save more lives. Initiatives include an online registry for SCA survivors, an online community for people affected by SCA, an awareness campaign for schools, and the "People Saving People" awards. The SCA Foundation maintains a national database of survivors and experts available to speak with the media.

For more information: http://www.sca-aware.org

Media Contact:
Lindsay Richey
760-632-8280 x232
lrichey [at] redflashgroup [dot] com

Mary Newman
724-625-0025
mary [dot] newman [at] sca-aware [dot] org

SOURCE Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

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Back from the Dead: What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

First Year Data from the SCA Survivor Registry™, An Initiative of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

May 15, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – One year ago, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation launched the SCA Survivor RegistryTM, the nation’s first online registry for people who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)—and lived to tell about it. Information submitted by 171 registrants offers a glimpse into the small community of rare individuals who beat the odds and survived this national killer.

A review of information about survivors in the registry, released at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco, shows:

  • Two-thirds are male.
  • One-third are 40 years old or younger.
  • Most had no prior history of a heart condition.
  • Most received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and were treated with a defibrillator.
  • Few were treated with mild therapeutic hypothermia (state-of-the-art treatment recommended for survivors to preserve brain function).
  • Most now have implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
  • Most say they have returned to their previous level of functioning or to their previous level of functioning, with some limitations.

The registry also enables survivors to share their insights in narrative form, providing important qualitative information. A common theme is a deeper appreciation for the opportunity for a second chance at life.

Kristin Hamelin, 38, of Edmond, Okla., who survived SCA in March 2007 says, “It has completely changed our lives. Nothing is taken for granted. We are on a personal crusade to inform everyone we meet about the importance of learning CPR and about AEDs.”

Jerry Vauk, also 38, of Austin, Tex., who survived SCA in March 2008, put it this way: “I cherish the fact that I’m here for my kids and did not leave them with the tragedy of losing a parent at a young age. Perhaps that is what has changed from this event—a renewed sense of responsibility and appreciation for the value of every moment.”

Clearly there are limits to interpretation of quantitative data. Registration is voluntary, the sample is self-selected, participants are comfortable with Internet use, and information is either self-reported or, on occasion, reported by a family member. In addition, some survivors are not sure what treatments they received and did not complete all data fields.

As the registry begins to grow, however, trend analysis could yield important information about key characteristics of survivors and interventions that save lives.

Keith Lurie, MD, an electrophysiologist from Minneapolis, Minn., who serves as an adviser to the SCA Foundation, has high praise for the registry.“The Registry is terrific: As we change the way CPR is performed and add new techniques and technologies to improve survival rates, the registry provides a critical means to follow our progress and celebrate our saves. By keeping track of the survivors and telling their stories, more and more people will realize there has been tremendous progress in the treatment of the nation’s #1 killer,” he said.

In the coming year, the Foundation will be working with emergency medical services (EMS) leaders, cardiologists and electrophysiologists to promote the registry, said Mary Newman, SCA Foundation executive director. “Survivors who participate in the registry are just happy to be alive and want to help others get a second chance.”

Call to Action for Physicians:

Do you care for people who are sudden cardiac arrest survivors? Encourage them to visit www.sca-aware.org, join the SCA Survivor Registry™, and share their experiences and insights.

Call to Action for the Public:

Do you know anyone who has survived SCA and would like to help others survive? Encourage him/her to visit www.sca-aware.org, join the SCA Survivor Registry™, and share his/her experiences and insights.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) typically results from an abnormal heart rhythm. When SCA occurs, the heart stops beating altogether. As a result, blood no longer is pumped throughout the body, including the brain. The SCA victim is never awake and needs immediate CPR and treatment with a defibrillator. If nothing is done, the victim will die within minutes. About 250,000 people suffer SCA each year in the U.S. On average, 6-7 percent (~15,000 to 17,500) survive.

About the SCA Survivor Registry

The SCA Survivor Registry™ is an initiative of the SCA Foundation (www.sca-aware.org). The registry gives SCA survivors and their families the opportunity to find others who have been through similar life-changing events, share their experiences and insights, and help one another in the healing process. It also fosters research and awareness initiatives designed to improve survival rates. By collecting information such as the location of arrest, types of interventions and outcomes, the registry will help identify variables and trends related to SCA survival. Survivors who join the registry can opt to participate in survey research and efforts to increase public awareness, such as media interviews and community outreach.

About the SCA Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Pittsburgh. Its mission is to serve as an information clearinghouse and social marketing force focused on raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and stimulating attitudinal and behavioral changes that will help save more lives.

About Heart Rhythm 2008

Heart Rhythm 2008 takes place May 14-17 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The meeting is the most comprehensive educational event on heart rhythm disorders, offering 250 educational opportunities in multiple formats. The world’s most renowned scientists and physicians will present a wide range of heart rhythm topics including advances in statins, cardiac resynchronization therapy, catheter ablation, cardiac pacing and heart failure and the latest technology, including state-of-the-art pacemakers and defibrillators. www.HRSonline.org

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SCA Foundation Launches First Online Registry for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors

EMBARGO DATE: MAY 10th

Contact: Mary Newman
724-625-0025(office)
724-612-2191 (mobile)
mary [dot] newman [at] sca-aware [dot] org

PITTSBURGH – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit information clearinghouse, has launched the nation’s first online registry for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors.

The SCA Survivor Registry™ will help connect survivors and family members with their peers.

“The Registry will give sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their families an opportunity to find others who have been through similar life-changing events, share their experiences, and help one another in the healing process,” said Michael R. Sayre, MD, of The Ohio State University Medical Center, who serves on the SCA Foundation Board of Directors.

The Registry will also foster research and awareness initiatives designed to help improve survival rates. Currently, only one in 15 SCA victims becomes a survivor.

By collecting information such as the location of arrest, types of interventions and outcomes, the SCA Foundation hopes to identify variables and trends related to SCA survival. Survivors who join the Registry can opt to participate in survey research and efforts to increase public awareness, such as media interviews and community outreach.

“I have had the privilege to meet many survivors of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Mary Newman, president of the SCA Foundation. “I have learned that survivors want to do everything in their power to help others survive.”

Survivors who wish to participate in the SCA Survivor Registry™, should visit www.sca-aware.org. Participation in the Registry is free.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating effectively, often due to a disturbance in the heart’s electrical system. SCA is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States. 250,000 people die every year from SCA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 10 percent of SCA events occur among people less than 40 years of age.

More people die each year from SCA than the number who die from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms, and house fires combined.

To survive, a victim must receive effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and treatment with a defibrillator within minutes of collapse.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces SCA Survivor Registry™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Newman
724-625-0025
mary [dot] newman [at] sca-aware [dot] org

PITTSBURGH – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit information clearinghouse dedicated to reducing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), has announced formation of the SCA Survivor Registry™. By collecting information such as the location of arrest, types of intervention and outcomes, the SCA Foundation hopes to identify variables and trends related to SCA survival and return to pre-arrest levels of functioning. In addition, survivors who opt to join the registry can indicate their interest in participating in survey research and efforts to increase public awareness, such as media interviews and community outreach.

“The purpose of the registry is to identify people who have survived sudden cardiac arrest and who would like to help others survive,” said Mary Newman, executive director of the SCA Foundation.

SCA is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating effectively, often due to a disturbance in the heart’s electrical system. On average, about 1 out of 15 people who suffer SCA survive. To survive, a victim must receive effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and treatment with a defibrillator within minutes of collapse. Research shows that survival depends more upon how quickly care is rendered, than whether the caregiver was a lay bystander or a healthcare professional.

Edward M. Racht, MD, medical director for the City of Austin/Travis County (Texas) Emergency Medical System and leader of Take Heart Austin, encouraged Austin area survivors to join the SCA Survivor Registry™ at a survivor reunion held on Valentine’s Day in Austin. “The more we can work together on this important public health issue, the greater the chance that more lives will be saved,” said Racht, who serves on the SCA Foundation Board of Directors.

SCA survivors interested in participating in the SCA Survivor Registry™ are invited to contact the SCA Foundation at info [at] sca-aware [dot] org or call 877-722-3475 (toll free) or 724-625-0025. Participation in the registry is free.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States and other countries. In the United States alone, approximately 250,000 people die every year from SCA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, more people die each year from SCA than the number who die from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms, and house fires combined. SCA also affects many young people. Approximately 10 percent of SCA events occur among people less than 40 years of age. On average, only one out of 15 of SCA victims survives.

About Take Heart Austin

Take Heart Austin is part of a new program, Take Heart America (www.takeheartamerica.org), which aims to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest in three locations—Austin; Columbus, Ohio; and St. Cloud, Minn. Take Heart America brings together a wide variety of approaches that have been shown to help increase survival—from training people in CPR and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to working with doctors, paramedics and hospital personnel on advanced resuscitation techniques and post-resuscitation care, including cooling to prevent brain damage.

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Leading Experts Launch Effort Against America's Number One Killer– Sudden Cardiac Arrest

New SCA Foundation to Focus on Reducing High Annual Death Toll 
 
(Pittsburgh, Penn.)–June 23, 2006– Some of the nation's most respected experts on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – the leading cause of death in the U.S.– have joined together to launch the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The new non-profit organization will advance best practices in resuscitation to save thousands of lives each year.

SCA, often mistakenly perceived as a massive heart attack, strikes without warning and kills at least 250,000 Americans outside of hospitals each year - more than the number of people who die annually from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, car accidents, house fires, and gun shots combined. Ten percent of SCA victims are under age 40.

Nationwide the SCA survival rate is only 6-7 percent and has remained stubbornly low for decades. However, in pockets of the U.S. where concerted efforts have been made to train community and lay responders in CPR and the use of defibrillators; where defibrillators are ubiquitous in public places; and where new technologies have been successfully deployed, survival rates have reached as high as 43 percent in municipalities and 90 percent in some cardiac rehabilitation centers.
 
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a treatable condition. It need not be fatal. By determining and disseminating information on successful strategies we hope to double the national survival rate within the next 10 years. Today, the new SCA Foundation embarks on a comprehensive educational outreach program directed at health and safety professionals, the at-risk community, and the general public,” said SCA Foundation President Mary Newman.

“Many different organizations offer information on various aspects of SCA,” said Michael R. Sayre, MD, Chairman of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University. “No other organization aggregates and organizes that information in one easy-to-use location and links together individuals with common interests in SCA.”

Urban, Rural Populations Most at Risk

Most SCA victims lived in highly-congested cities or extremely isolated rural areas where emergency medical personnel skilled in CPR and equipped with lifesaving technology often cannot get to victims in time to save them. Emergency response time varies greatly around the country with the most at risk population generally located in large cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

SCA occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating due to underlying cardiac disease, trauma, or other cause, and is unable to pump oxygen-rich blood to the brain. When SCA strikes, appropriate medical care must be administered within minutes. Survivability decreases by approximately 7 to 10 percent with each passing minute, according to the American Heart Association. It drops to zero after 10 minutes.


SCA Survival Rates*

Studies conducted in various communities:

  • National average 6-7%
  • Chicago, IL: 4%
  • New York, NY: 5%
  • Seattle, WA: 30%
  • Rochester, MN: 43%

Studies conducted in specific sites:

  • Airline study: 40%
  • Las Vegas casino study: 53%
  • Chicago airports AED study: 55%
  • Melbourne cricket grounds study: 71%
  • Cardiac rehab centers: 90%

*From SCA due to ventricular fibrillation, a life-threatening heart rhythm that can be effectively treated with defibrillation

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SCA Foundation Mission, Founders

In addition to increasing the SCA survival rate through education and awareness, the SCA Foundation plans to serve as a clearinghouse for SCA information, a resource for individuals and organizations interested in SCA, and a support center for SCA survivors and their families. The Foundation specifically hopes to increase the rate of bystander CPR from 20 to 30 percent within 5 years, double the use of AEDs outside the hospital from 5 to 10 percent within 5 years, and double the rate of survival from 7 to 14 percent within 10 years.

Joining in support of the SCA Foundation are some of the nation’s foremost experts in resuscitation including:

  • Allan Braslow, PhD, President, Braslow & Associates, Greenwich, CT
  • Robert G. Gillio, MD, Chief Medical Officer, InnerLink, Inc., Lancaster, PA
  • Keith Griffiths, President, Red Flash Group, San Diego, CA
  • Henry Jampel, MD, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, SCA Survivor, Baltimore, MD
  • Richard A. Lazar, Esq., President, AED Risk Insights, Portland, OR
  • Keith Lurie, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and Co-Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert A. Niskanen, Managing Director, Resurgent LLC, Seattle, WA
  • Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACC, FACEP, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Edward M. Racht, Medical Director, City of Austin/Travis County EMS, Austin, TX
  • Michael Sayre, MD, Associate Professor, The Ohio University Medical Center, and chair, SCA Foundation Board of Directors, Columbus, OH
  • Roger D. White, MD, FACC, Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN.

Individuals personally affected by SCA are invited to share their stories on the Discussion Forum at www.sca-aware.org. The site will also offer online peer-to-peer mentoring for emergency response planners.

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About the SCA Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is an independent non-profit center of excellence focused on reducing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Media contact:

Carissa B. Caramanis O’Brien


Red Box Communications for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation


Phone: 978-875-2020
  |  Email: carissao [at] redboxcommunications [dot] com  l   Twitter: @carissao 
www.sca-aware.org/sca-newsroom



 

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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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