A message from Maxwell King, CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation
PITTSBURGH, PA--"The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving program, which in its six years of operation has raised more than $40 million for worthy nonprofits through a combination of individual donations and generous match pooling, has now been forced to suspend operation of today’s event.
The decision was made this afternoon after the national online fundraising firm’s technology platform used by 54 participating community foundations across the country had technical problems that severely disrupted the ability of tens of thousands of donors to complete transactions on coordinating organizations’ websites such as our PittsburghGives.org portal.
PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today achieved the Silver GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
Young athletes should not undergo screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest because it is not proven to save lives, suggests an analysis of the available evidence published in The British Medical Journal today.
The findings show that the harms outweigh any benefits, and no robust evidence exists to confirm it actually prevents deaths.
"Sudden cardiac death of a young person on a sports field is a devastating event," explain the authors from the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre.
They estimate that around 0.001% of young athletes die suddenly from sudden cardiac arrest every year, often caused by an underlying cardiovascular condition.
PITTSBURGH, PA--The inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic will take place on Saturday, June 25, at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh area firefighters and firefighters from Johnstown, PA, will compete in a hockey game to raise funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh. The faceoff will take place at 7:00 pm.
Prior to the game, from 5:00-7:00 pm, there will be a meeting of the Southwestern PA Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Survivors, their loved ones, and other advocates are encouraged to attend. CPR-AED demonstrations will be provided for the public.
Cardiac arrest can strike a seemingly healthy individual of any age at any time, often without warning. Each year, more than half a million people in the United States experience a cardiac arrest. Using conservative estimates, it is the third leading cause of death, following cancer and heart disease, although more complete data is needed.
CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the American Heart Association (AHA), with the endorsement of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), has issued a Science Advisory providing recommendations for use of the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) in clinical practice. The AHA and HRS recommend that the WCD may be considered for a wide range of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), including those who have recently suffered a myocardial infarction (MI), with or without revascularization, and those with a newly diagnosed non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.
Researchers have confirmed that certain heart rhythm medications, when given by paramedics to patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who had failed electrical shock treatment, improved likelihood of patients surviving transport to the hospital. The study was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and helps answer a longstanding scientific question about the effectiveness of two widely-used antiarrhythmic drugs, amiodarone and lidocaine, for treating sudden cardiac arrest.
American Heart Association Science Advisory
The original article was published by Media Planet in the Future of Personal Health here and distributed in the March 25 edition of USA Today.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but the two conditions can be related. Andy Graber survived both.
Most Americans mistakenly believe that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and a heart attack are the same. If more people understood the difference, thousands of lives could be saved each year. Andy Graber’s story can help illustrate the difference—he survived both.