Archive - 2009

Archive - 2009

October 22nd

Donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Wednesday, October 28

The Pittsburgh Foundation will match contributions through PittsburghGives

PITTSBURGH–The Pittsburgh Foundation has initiated
“PittsburghGives Match Day”—October 28—a way for individuals and companies to
contribute to nonprofit organizations based in Allegheny County, PA, and make
their gifts go further. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is among those
approved to participate.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST,
individuals may log onto www.PittsburghGives.org,
or participate in the live public event in the PPG Wintergarden, Downtown
Pittsburgh.

High School Coach Honored for Saving Student’s Life

Kaitlin Forbes, SCA Survivor, Skype

2009 Genesis Awards Reception Held During National Sudden
Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month to Raise Awareness about the Nation’s Leading
Cause of Death

High school hero, Mike Piccione, was honored at the 2009
Genesis Awards Reception hosted by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on
October 15 at Hyde Park in Pittsburgh. Mike, a physical education teacher and
coach at Rhinebeck (NY) High School, was recognized for his role in saving the
life of Kaitlin Forbes when she suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at the age
of 15 in 2005. He gave CPR and used the school’s automated external
defibrillator (AED), which restored a normal heart rhythm.

Kaitlin and
her friends later started the HeartSafe Club of Rhinebeck, in honor of
Maggie O'Malley, a friend and teammate from Rhinebeck High School who died from sudden cardiac arrest at the
age of 17.

High School Coach Honored for Saving Student’s Life

2009 Genesis Awards Reception Held During National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month to Raise Awareness about the Nation’s Leading Cause of Death

October 21st

Donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Wednesday, October 28

The Pittsburgh Foundation will match contributions through PittsburghGives

PITTSBURGH–The Pittsburgh Foundation has initiated
“PittsburghGives Match Day”—October 28—a way for individuals and companies to
contribute to nonprofit organizations based in Allegheny County, PA, and make
their gifts go further. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is among those
approved to participate.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST,
individuals may log onto www.PittsburghGives.org,
or participate in the live public event in the PPG Wintergarden, Downtown
Pittsburgh.

October 20th

HeartSine and Your Safety Company to Donate a Portion of Sales Proceeds to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. In conjunction with National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, this October, HeartSine Technologies Inc. and Your Safety Company have announced plans to make a donation to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation for every HeartSine® samaritan® PAD automated external defibrillator (AED) purchased through the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation before December 31, 2009.

HeartSine and Your Safety Company are, respectively, a leading manufacturer and distributor of AEDs. Their donations will assist the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in its mission “to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.”

October 19th

Three Runners Die During Detroit Marathon

Three runners died Sunday during the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon in Detroit, Michigan. Autopsies are expected today on Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, near Lansing; Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, and Jon Fenlon, 26, of Waterford. Marathon doctors and race officials said rapid, state-of-the-art resuscitation was provided.

"These tragic incidents underscore the fact that sudden cardiac arrest can strike anytime, even in seemingly healthy individuals," said Norman Abramson, MD, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 9th

Portable Headphones Can Cause Interference with Cardiac Devices

According
to a recent study published in the journal Heart Rhythm, the magnets in
portable headphones may cause temporary malfunction of some cardiac
devices. Therefore, the researchers suggest that patients with
implantable cardioverter-defibrillators or pacemakers should not place
headphones from MP3 players too close to their chests. The interference
that can be caused by the headphones includes inhibition of
tachyarrhythmia detection in ICDs and asynchronous pacing in
pacemakers. Patients with these devices don't need to avoid portable
headphones, they should just keep them at least 3 centimeters (1.2
inches) from their chests. Cardiac arrhythmia specialists have long
told patients not to place electronic equipment directly over their
devices.

Chicago Commuter Train Passenger Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Absence of defibrillators questioned

When a 63-year old man suffered sudden cardiac arrest on board the Metra train yesterday, the crew and passengers provided CPR, but there were no defibrillators on board and he did not survive. The incident raises concerns about passenger safety.

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. became the first major commuter rail
line to install AEDs on all its trains earlier this year. The Boston-area commuter line's program was launched after settlement of a lawsuit in the death of a passenger.

Airlines are required by federal law to carry the devices, but trains are not.

For more on the story click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-metra-defibs-09-oct09,0,372452.story

October 7th

Onorato Proclaims October 15th Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day

County Executive Dan Onorato has declared October 15th Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Allegheny County. The proclamation was issued in light of an event to be hosted by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, on Thursday, October 15th from 6-8 pm at Hyde Park on the North Shore.

Last year, Congress designated October Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. About 250,000 people die each year in the U.S. from sudden cardiac arrest, making ita leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also a leading cause of death in Allegheny County.

October 2nd

University of Tennessee Basketball Star Saved By AED

 KNOXVILLE -- Twenty-year-old Tennessee basketball player, Emmanuel Negedu, passed out during an on-campus workout. He was defibrillated at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center shortly after 3:00 p.m.

The 6'7" sophomore forward from Kaduna, Nigeria originally relocated to the U.S. to play high school basketball at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He was kept overnight at UT Medical Center for further tests.

In Knox County, defibrillators are on hand for school athletic events, including practices and games. The use of a defibrillator before emergency services arrive often makes a difference between life and death.

Vols basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, accompanied Negedu to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for further testing. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a possible cause of the collapse.

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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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