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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Named an Official National Charity in the 2017 OPM’s Combined Federal Campaign

Federal employees and retirees may choose the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (CFC# 87197) when they make one-time gifts or choose payroll deductions beginning in October.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has approved the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation as an official nonprofit organization in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through the Heart & Health Charities federation.

SCA Survivors Are Invited to Nominate Their Rescuers for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and cardiac arrest survivors across the country are undoubtedly celebrating the fact that thanks to people who happened to be nearby and took immediate action, they defied the odds and survived sudden cardiac death.

Low Serum Calcium May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Findings of a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings have potential implications for mechanisms as well as prevention of SCA

Use of CPR, Defibrillators Improves After Public Health Initiatives

After coordinated and comprehensive public health initiatives in North Carolina, more patients received bystander CPR and first-responder defibrillation at home and in public, which was associated with improved survival, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology.

October Officially Designated National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

The federal government has just named October “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month,” an official national observance. A coalition of nonprofit organizations working to prevent and treat sudden cardiac arrest urges the public to prepare for this life-threatening condition by exploring heart-screening options, learning CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators, and encouraging more widespread deployment of AEDs.

Tom Petty, 'Distinctively American' Rocker, Dies from Cardiac Arrest

LOS ANGELES, CA--Veteran U.S. rocker Tom Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctly raw, nasal vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” has died. He was 66.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his home in Malibu early on Monday morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived, his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement.

“We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Dimitriades said on behalf of the family.

The One Brave Idea™ Science Innovation Center Opens in Boston

Center will host renowned investigators working on “early warning system” to prevent coronary heart disease and its consequences

Learn CPR and How to Use an AED During Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to learn CPR and how to use an AED.

PITTSBURGH, PA--America is facing a public health crisis. More than 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year in the U.S., including 7,000 children. Unfortunately, 90 percent of cases are fatal. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

People Are Reluctant to Use Public Defibrillators to Treat Cardiac Arrests

A new study suggests members of the public don’t know what defibrillators are, how to use them, or where to find them. It also suggests organizations don’t feel they should have one or feel unable to obtain one.

COVENTRY, UK--A study led by the University of Warwick suggests that people are reluctant to use public access defibrillators to treat cardiac arrests.

The analysis of existing international studies, which has been published in the European Heart Journal – Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, suggests that there are a number of factors that prevent members of the public from using them and potentially saving lives.

Patients Undergoing Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Do Not Benefit from ACLS During Transport

No association found between advanced cardiac life support during transport and an increased survival for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

DES PLAINES, IL--There is no association between prehospital advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and survival to hospital discharge in patients suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). ACLS is, however, associated with an improvement in prehospital return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but with longer delays to hospital arrival. These are the primary findings of a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

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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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