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August 13th, 2019

Researchers Develop First Tool for Predicting Sudden Cardiac Death in Children with HCM

Scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation have developed the first ever tool to identify children at risk of sudden death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). 

August 12th

A Daughter Makes Lifesaving Plea to 911: Coach Me Through CPR?

In March 2017, Mary Smith took an afternoon off work to visit her daughter and 2-week-old grandson Brody at their Minneapolis suburb home.

Smith brought in groceries for dinner and carried a mobile crib up the stairs from the car. She was in the entryway when she found herself out of breath.

She collapsed, making a thud that her daughter, Lindsey Bomgren, heard from the hallway to the nursery.

Thinking her mom fell, Bomgren called out to her. Smith didn't respond.

Bomgren put down Brody and raced to the entryway. She grabbed her phone and called 911. She told the dispatcher her mom wasn't breathing. Smith was in cardiac arrest.

August 11th

Ohio Requires EMD Training for All Dispatch Centers

New state requirement for dispatchers targets better, faster treatment

The state has a new requirement to all emergency dispatch centers across Ohio that is designed improve treatment for urgent medical calls.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services gave all dispatch centers a deadline of April 1 to either be emergency medical dispatch certified or to submit a timeline for compliance.

EMD is a systematic program of handling medical calls, according to Lt. Ben Walker.

August 4th

Hiking with defib/pacemaker after aborted sudden cardiac arrest

On March 7, 2019, I was hiking alone in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. I just finished climbing a tough 2.5 mile section of the trail and was about .5 miles from the trailhead (with a road near it). Suddenly, my heart began that fast pounding and my breathing turned very labored. I leaned over my poles and waited for this to stop. Previously, I had episodes of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia and figured this was more of the same. I was wrong. It did not stop. I clawed at my neck thinking something was caught and then tried to get my pack off with the same thought. I could not unsnap the pack- it was too difficult for some reason. My bladder let lose and then I knew sustained VT would kill me. Becoming an observer (I am academia)- I thought, "I will be the first sibling to die" and "Now I know how I would die." It was very confusing at that point. Tried to sit down and somehow ended up lying in the cold mud of the trail on my left side.

July 30th

Survivors and Loved Ones Invited to Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their loved ones are invited to attend the Citizen CPR Foundation's Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, December 10-13 in Seattle. The Summit will feature a special track for survivors, a Rock ‘n Roll celebration, and a mass CPR training event.

July 25th

My SCA Event

This post is from a caregivers account of my SCA, sudden cardiac arrest.

On June 29th, 2019 my wife retired to the bedroom earlier than usual while I stayed up to watch the local late news. At some point shortly before midnight I made my way to our bedroom. I woke my wife and informed her that I was having a heart attack and that we needed to go to the ER. She promptly got dressed and took me to the hospital. Luckily it was quicker for her to take me than wait for an ambulance as we live five minutes away from the ER. The doctor told her if we had waited I would not be here.

July 23rd

Giant Food Announces the Addition of AEDs to All Stores

Giant in-store pharmacists, managers and associates will be trained in the use of the devices

LANDOVER, MD--Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announces today that it has installed public access automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all of its 164 stores across Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The AEDs were placed in the closest proximity to the front and middle of all stores as of June 30th, 2019.

July 14th

Understanding the Risks for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Athletes — But Not Overstating Them

TORONTO, ON--A runner is in the final stretch of the marathon they’ve trained months for. In the distance awaits their family, friends and some well-earned rest. Suddenly, without warning, they drop to the ground. Medical staff rush to the athlete’s side. “Are you OK?” they ask. “Are you alright?”

July 11th

Life Saving T-CPR Course Introduced by PowerPhone

MADISON, CT-- PowerPhone, one of the country's leading providers of public safety telecommunicator training and protocol systems, has announced the expansion of its Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) training options. With telecommunicators being the first link in the response chain, getting CPR started as quickly as possible is often the difference between life and death. During the call-handling process, it is crucial that all telecommunicators properly convey pre-arrival CPR instructions to provide the best quality service.

"Every telecommunicator working in a primary PSAP, should possess the skills and have access to effective pre-arrival CPR instructions that may be used if no other option is immediately available." Jerry Turk, PowerPhone President.

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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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