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April 18th, 2019

Life After Life: Does Consciousness Continue After the Heart Stops?

How can people brought back from death after cardiac arrest report having experienced lucid and vivid memories and recollections without a functioning brain? The study of near-death experiences is challenging the idea our consciousness fades to black when our body expires.

He could see a nurse and doctor, a bald, “chunky fella” dressed in blue hospital scrubs. He watched as they frantically worked on his body, which was remarkable, considering he was, essentially, dead.

The man had suffered a cardiac arrest. Normally there is no measurable, meaningful brain activity after the heart stops beating. Within two to 20 seconds the brain “flatlines.”

April 15th

Teen's Mall Trip Could Have Been Her Last, but CPR and an AED Saved the Day

Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking.

Peter Hubby, Sydney's stepfather, saw her fall to the ground before even getting to the mall. He figured the 13-year-old had tripped or was just goofing around. Peter and Tracy Elsinger, Sydney's mom, realized otherwise when she didn't get up.

The Masters come back story after SCA

My body on April 6, 2018 went into Cardiac Arrest. I’ve had 5 stents, 1 ablation, 1 pacemaker, out of work for 4 months, and 36 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation. I was without a pulse for up to 20-25 minutes before the AED was able to get my heart back into rhythm.

My wife’s friends who had invited us to the Masters golf tournament last year where I had my cardiac arrest asked us if we were interested in returning. At first I was reluctant and the more I thought about the invite the more I was determined to appreciate the return visit and to have a prayer at the site where I was victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

April 11th

Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation Honored in Lansing for Making Michigan Schools 'Cardiac Safe'

LANSING, MI-- Michigan lawmakers recognized Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness month in April by giving a warm greeting from the House floor to Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation representatives and supporters on Thursday, who are leading the effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all Michigan schools.

April 8th

Telephone CPR Could Save Lives, But Only a Handful of States Require Dispatchers to Be Trained for It

When someone calls 911, the time it takes for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death.

Minnesota lawmaker Julie Sandstede knows this. She represents a rural area, where ambulances may take longer to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency.

April 7th

Teens Save Dad With CPR

OLATHE, KS--Two Olathe East High School students are being credited for saving their father’s life by performing hands-only CPR.

Seth and Claire Johnson were home during a recent snow day when their father, Mark Johnson, suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

“I heard my brother yelling my dad’s name,” said Claire, an Olathe East senior. “My dad wasn’t responsive, he was turning purple. Signs that he wasn’t just asleep.”

The siblings immediately started chest compressions and called 911.

“We called 911 and pulled him off of the couch,” said Seth, a freshman.

April 4th

HeartHero Personal Automated External Defibrillator Wins ACC.19 Innovation Challenge

Medical device startup HeartHero was the winner in the Innovation Challenge at the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference, March 16-18 in New Orleans, for its ultraportable, affordable and user-friendly automated external defibrillator (AED).

April 1st

Compression-Only CPR Increases Survival of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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March 30th

Hackers Can Take Over Heart Devices, DHS warns

Any connected device these days is a potential target of hackers—and that now includes defibrillators.

Implantable defibrillators made by Minneapolis, Mn.-based Medtronic could allow an attacker to interfere with and collect sensitive data from the devices, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a medical advisory.

A defibrillator is used to treat a life-threatening cardiac event by resetting the electrical state of the heart so that it can beat normally. In Medtronic's case, the defibrillator uses an unsecured protocol to communicate with other devices.

The vulnerability only requires “low skill level,” the DHS advisory said.

March 27th

Senate Passes Killion Bill to Expand CPR Training in Schools

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed legislation aimed at saving lives through greater education and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to Senator Tom Killion (R-9), who sponsored the measure.

Senate Bill 115 would strengthen academic guidelines in schools for CPR training in grades nine through 12, while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.

“This bill will greatly expand lifesaving CPR training in Pennsylvania,” said Killion. “If this becomes law, future generations will better learn how to administer CPR while attending high school. This has the potential to save countless lives for years to come.”

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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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