Archive - Oct 4, 2011

Archive - Oct 4, 2011


Top 10 Reasons to Donate

Top 10 reasons to donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation through on October 4th

Study: MRIs Safe for ICD Patients

Fewer than 1% of patients with implanted cardiac devices encountered device-related problems during MRI, suggesting the imaging technique can be used safely in selected patients with implanted devices, investigators reported.

In three of 438 patients (0.3%), MRI triggered back-up programming mode in implanted devices. Right ventricular sensing and atrial and ventricular lead impedance values declined immediately after MRI. Long-term follow-up revealed decreased right ventricular sensing and lead impedance, increased right ventricular capture, and reduced battery voltage.

None of the changes required revision or replacement of an implanted device, as reported in the October issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Receives the GuideStar Exchange Seal as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

GuideStar SealPittsburgh--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today received the GuideStar Exchange Seal, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. The Seal demonstrates to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's vast support-base our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

"We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents," said Mary Newman, President. "As a GuideStar Exchange member, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media."

Shock, sorrow after teen cheerleader's death in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — When students returned for school Monday morning at Washington Prep, they were to be greeted by crisis counselors and missing one of their beloved classmates, a cheerleader who died after collapsing during a football game.

Angela Gettis, a 16-year-old sophomore at the school, was rallying the crowd Friday night in the fourth quarter of a tie game at Fremont High School when she suffered an apparent cardiac arrest, Los Angeles Unified School District spokesman Tom Waldman said.

The game stopped as coaches and trainers ran to help. Bystanders performed CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Gettis died about three hours later at a hospital, becoming the second teenage girl from Los Angeles district schools to die over the weekend after a dramatic campus incident.

School officials planned to discuss Gettis at a Monday morning news conference.

[Question: was there an AED there, and was it used? rht]

Death the Victor Once Again

LOS ANGELES -- It was the fourth quarter of a tie game at Freemont High School in Los Angeles last Friday night. Angela Gettis, a 16-year-old cheerleader, was doing her part to rally George Washington Preparatory High School football fans, when she suddenly collapsed and became lifeless.

Angela GettisThe game stopped as coaches and trainers ran to help. Bystanders gave her CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive, but she died in the hospital about three hours later. Sudden Cardiac Arrest was the victor once again.

She was not alone. In addition to Angela, about 18 other apparently healthy young people across the U.S. also died from unexpected cardiac arrest last Friday.

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