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Prince George's County Becomes the First Community in the National Capital Region to Adopt PulsePoint

LANDOVER, MD--The 900,000 people who live in the Washington, D.C., suburb known as Prince George's County now have access to a life-saving app for their phone to alert them when a life needs to be saved.
The PulsePoint application alerts people who know how to perform CPR when PG County dispatches a nearby call for a sudden cardiac arrest in a public place. While the free application is being used across the nation, this is the first time it is being deployed in the national capital region.

Ayla Dickey Joins Team as VP of Development

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is pleased to announce that Ayla Guvenoz Dickey has joined the team as Vice President of Development. Ms. Dickey lost her youngest brother to sudden cardiac arrest when he was 38 years old. Lewis Guvenoz left behind a wife and five young children, including twin infants.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Dickey's career was dedicated to higher education where she served in a variety of capacities including academic affairs, information technology, corporate social responsibility, development and management of three non-profits, and creation of a variety of external campaigns.

Bob Davis Elected to Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Bob Davis, a champion for saving lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest, has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Davis is a communications professional and former paramedic with a passion for saving lives through team building, public education and advocacy.

A "go-to" member of senior leadership teams and an expert communicator during times of crisis or change, Davis is a seasoned coalition-builder who accomplishes complex and challenging goals with limited resources by inspiring and motivating others.

Postmortem Genetic Testing May Help Determine Cause of Death After Sudden Unexpected Death

In a study appearing in the October 11 issue of JAMA, Ali Torkamani, Ph.D., of Scripps Translational Science Institute, La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues report preliminary results from a family-based, postmortem genetic testing study.

Emotional Upset and Heavy Exertion May Trigger a Heart Attack

Study Highlights

  • Experiencing anger/emotional upset or heavy physical exertion appears to double heart attack risk.
  • Being angry or emotionally upset while engaging in heavy physical exertion appears to triple heart attack risk.
  • The findings do not negate the benefits of appropriate, regular physical activity in preventing heart attacks.

DALLAS, TX-- Being angry, emotionally upset or engaging in heavy physical exertion may trigger a heart attack, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Kathryn Koenig Elected to Serve as Board Chair

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is pleased to announce that Kathryn (Katie) Koenig has been elected to serve as Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors.

Koenig is Senior Vice President of Transformation at ATI Physical Therapy in Bolingbrook, Illinois. In her role, Koenig is responsible for strategy development and implementation of key strategic initiatives.

Most recently, she served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for the University of Chicago Medicine. In this role, Koenig managed strategic planning processes, business analytics and the implementation of strategic initiatives. 

Rep. Murphy's Training in CPR Helps Save Man's Life

WASHINGTON, DC--Tim Murphy’s doctoral degree is in psychology, not physical medicine, but that didn’t stop the congressman from stepping in to help resuscitate an unresponsive man found in a Capitol Hill elevator Wednesday.

The Republican from Upper St. Clair was with aides waiting for an elevator near his office on the third floor of Rayburn Office Building late Wednesday afternoon. When the elevator doors opened they found a Capitol mail clerk unresponsive on the elevator floor. He had no pulse and he was bleeding from a head injury apparently caused when he collapsed, Mr. Murphy said.

EMS Added a Telephone Coach and Bystander CPR Rates Nearly Doubled

WASHINGTON, DC--After Korea added a nationwide dispatcher-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, rates of bystander CPR nearly doubled, according to the results of a study published online last week in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Impact of a Dispatcher-Assisted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Program and Location of Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest on Survival and Neurologic Outcome").

AHA Recommends Standards to Improve Dispatcher-Assisted CPR

Public Comment Period for Program and Metrics Open Through November 16, 2016

DALLAS, TX-- The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – published recommendations this month that set standards for timely and high quality delivery of dispatcher-assisted CPR, also known as telephone CPR (T-CPR). The recommendations are accompanied by performance goals to measure successful implementation by first responders.

Pittsburgh Premiere of Superior and Big Screen Debut of SCA Foundation Video A Success

PITTSBURGH, PA--During a Q and A session following a special screening of the feature film “Superior,” Director Edd Benda pointed out that the film, which had its Pittsburgh premiere at a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation fundraising event, featured only one death scene—a mountain man suffers a cardiac arrest. Benda’s father, North Hills resident Bruce Benda, is a survivor of cardiac arrest so the irony was not lost on the audience of more than 60 moviegoers comprised of many survivors and their families.

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