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Survivor Video to be Shown on Big Screen at Pittsburgh Premiere of Superior

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be partnering with Beyond the Porch Productions on the Pennsylvania premiere of the award-winning Superior on August 31 in Pittsburgh. Superior is the first feature film by Edd Benda and Alex Bell, recent graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It is Edd’s debut as a writer, director and producer.

Bubble-Teers Needed

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been selected as one of two nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the BUBBLE RUN™ in Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 27th. The Foundation will have a table at the event and will provide CPR-AED demos.

According to organizers, the 5K BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across three miles of absolute fun! Waves start every three to five minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover participants from head to toe.

National Academies of Sciences Workshop Explores Ways to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

PITTSBURGH, PA--Amid enormous city-by-city variations in cardiac arrest survival rates, turning “bystanders” into “actors” who are willing to start CPR before rescuers arrive is key to saving more lives, scientific experts said at a recent workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington.

Inspirational Video from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Featuring Survivors and Loved Ones, Urges the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use Defibrillators

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation , in partnership with BuddyCPR, has released a new three-minute video aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the critical role of bystanders in saving lives. The video was launched this week at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Announce Launch of Lifesaving Smartphone Application

City beginning CPR training initiative and introducing AED registration ordinance.

PITTSBURGH, PA--Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman today announced initiatives to improve public safety services and empower residents to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The press event, which also included partners from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, announced the launch of PulsePoint Response, a smartphone application to alert CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR.

Cardiac Arrest Survivors Focus of Delirium Study

Retrospective study in American Journal of Critical Care assessed incidence of delirium in survivors of cardiac arrest treated with therapeutic hypothermia

ALISO VIEJO, CA--A study in the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) found a remarkably high prevalence of delirium in a small cohort of critically ill patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.

The research team conducted a retrospective review of the medical charts of 251 patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest from 2007 through 2014 in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. The analysis includes 107 patients who survived and awoke from coma. It excludes those who were persistently comatose or died before discharge from the ICU.

Inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic Benefiting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation a Success in More Ways than One

Greater Pittsburgh area firefighters compete with Johnstown, PA firefighters in the inaugural Sttel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic on June 25 in Pittsburgh. Proceeds will support the mission of the national non profit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest.

Men May Face High Lifetime Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Study Highlights

Postmortem Genetic Testing Could Help Explain Sudden Cardiac Death Early in Life

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine reports today.

“Sudden cardiac death in children and young adults has a devastating impact on families, care providers and the community,” says Professor Chris Semsarian, who led the multinational study.

“It’s a tragedy that claims the lives of two to three young Australians each week.

Gender Gap Found in Cardiac Arrest Care, Outcomes

Study Highlights

  • Women treated at a hospital after cardiac arrest may be less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures.
  • The number of cardiac arrest patients treated at hospitals increased and in-hospital death rates have fallen for both sexes, however women were less likely to survive, according to a new study.

DALLAS, TX — Women who have a cardiac arrest are less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures such as angiography to look for blocked coronary arteries or angioplasty to open them, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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