Parent Heart Watch Wins National Video Contest Aimed at Raising Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Parent Heart Watch Wins National Video Contest Aimed at Raising Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Parent Heart Watch has won a national video contest, co-sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Results were announced at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update on December 8th in New Orleans, LA.

PITTSBURGH, PA--Sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 1,000 people—including youth—each day outside hospitals. Survival rates are tragically low—on average about 10 percent—due to delayed CPR and treatment with defibrillators.

To bring attention to this public health crisis and the need for immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators to help save lives, the Citizen CPR Foundation and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation partnered to conduct a national video competition, the ECCU Video “Minute” Contest. Results were presented at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference December 8th in New Orleans, LA.

Entries were reviewed, scored, and ranked using a set of evaluation criteria by six judges, three each from the sponsoring organizations. Top submissions were played during the conference.

The first place winner was Parent Heart Watch for its entry, “What Would You Miss Most?” Other Parent Heart Watch entries won second and third place. Parent Heart Watch is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect youth from sudden cardiac arrest.

Parent Heart Watch executive director Martha Lopez-Anderson, who lost her young son Sean to sudden cardiac arrest, and board member Steven Tannenbaum accepted the award on behalf of parents everywhere who have lost children to sudden cardiac arrest.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in youth and the importance of being prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency. We encourage everyone to share these videos on their social media networks," said Lopez-Anderson.

Physio-Control, now a part of Stryker, will donate a HeartSine AED to Parent Heart Watch in recognition of its top-rated video.

To view contest entries, click here.

About the Citizen CPR Foundation
The Citizen CPR Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action. From December 5-8, 2017, the Citizen CPR Foundation presented the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference in New Orleans. ECCU 2017 saw over 700 resuscitation professionals, CPR instructors, survivors, and community champions gather in one place to learn, share and inspire. CCPRF's founding partners are the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives. Programs include educational campaigns for schools and colleges and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, an online community that provides peer support and opportunities for survivors and family members affected by cardiac arrest to participate in awareness, advocacy, and research initiatives.

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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