Archive - 2010

Archive - 2010

October 11th

Do the math.

Would you do something where it was well documented that one out of every eight people who do it die? Of course not.

Now picture your family members, friends, and acquaintances in an auditorium. Picture what that crowd looks like - your family and close friends are closest to the podium on the stage where you are standing. You look at each one, one at a time. Behind them are all the people you see on a regular basis - neighbors, co-workers, etc. Would you do something that had a one in eight chance of killing one of them? Before you say "Of course not," read on.

October 7th

Paying It Forward: The Chain of Survival in a New Era

PITTSBURGH--On March 3, 2009, James Zoretich, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Fortunately Moon Township, PA, Police Officer Doug Busch was on duty and he rushed to the rescue to save Jim’s life. Jim later received state-of-the-art post resuscitation care at The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Health System, Pittsburgh, including mild therapeutic hypothermia and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy.

October 6th

More Than 40 Organizations Issue Call to Action on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Groups Gather on Capitol Hill as CPR Turns 50 Years Old

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2010 — In a powerful demonstration of collective standing in the healthcare community, more than 40 organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to issue a call to action in reducing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) deaths. A briefing was organized by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC) and held at the Rayburn House Office Building on the 50th anniversary of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Hands-Only CPR Saves More Lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Hands-only CPR doesn't just eliminate the "yuck factor." A new study shows it can save more lives.

It's the first large American study to show more adults survived cardiac arrest when a bystander gave them continuous chest presses to simulate a heartbeat, compared to traditional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing.

"Anyone who can put one hand on top of the other, lock their elbows and push hard and fast can do this. No risk, no fear of causing harm," said lead author Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.

"We want to take away all the reasons bystanders do nothing when they witness another person collapse."

With hands-only CPR, advocates say, potential rescuers don't have to contemplate what for some could be the "yuck factor" of putting their mouth to an unconscious person's mouth and breathing for them.

October 5th

Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) Receives Legislative Award from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) today received a legislative award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition for her leadership in sponsoring the Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools (HEARTS) Act, which the House passed in June 2009. The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, or H.R. 1380, will establish a federal grant program that enables elementary and secondary schools across the nation to access automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

This October, Learn How to Save a Life

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, dedicated to educating the public about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and how to preven

CPR Guidelines to Be Simplified

Boston, MA -- Remember old-fashioned CPR? You were supposed to clear the airway, push on the chest, give mouth-to-mouth breaths, and check for a pulse every once in a while. The procedure has been streamlined for cases when a person suddenly collapses and has no pulse or heartbeat. In this situation, the American Heart Association says to forgo airway clearing, breaths, and pulse checks and just concentrate on pushing on the chest—a procedure called “hands only” CPR.

September 30th

Tony Curtis Dies From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Some Like it Hot character actor and father of Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Curtis succumbed to cardiac arrest in Las Vegas on September 29 . He was 85 years old. Cardiac arrest as cause of death was confirmed by the Clark County coroner.

October: National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

PITTSBURGH--October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, dedicated to educating the public about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and how to prevent and respond to it. 2010 is also the 50th anniversary of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a lifesaving gift that anyone can give to a loved one or even a stranger.

September 29th

Mark Your Calendars for October 13

October 13, 2010, all charitable donations made through
will receive a portion of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s $500,000 matching
pool.  Give to the Sudden Cardiac
Arrest Foundation at anytime on that day and your gift will make an even
greater impact in our community.

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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