Archive - Oct 2012

Archive - Oct 2012

October 28th

Learn CPR and How to Use as AED, SCA Foundation Blog Urges in The Huffington Post

In October, the public, to its credit, tends to think pink -- remembering those who have suffered from breast cancer and celebrating those who have survived.

The fact that October is also National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month is less well known -- perhaps because there are so few survivors. Sudden cardiac arrest, an unexpected, pulseless condition, strikes more than 1,000 people of all ages outside hospitals every day in the U.S. -- and most victims die.

Let's make October a time to remember those affected by sudden cardiac arrest--and a time to learn how to save a life.

Read more in The Huffington Post.

October 26th

SCA Foundation National Spokesperson Susan Koeppen Shares Her Story on Doctor Radio

National SCA FDN Spokesperson Susan KoeppenPITTSBURGH--Today, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation spokesperson Susan Koeppen, an award-winning TV news journalist and a wife and mother of three young children shared her story with Dr. Abe DeAnda of NYU Langone Medical Center on Sirius XM Doctor Radio, to help raise awareness during National SCA Awareness Month about the nation's leading cause of death.

October 25th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Presents "People Saving People"(TM) Award to Quick-Thinking Bystanders

Each year, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has a difficult choice to make. Out of all the life-saving rescuers from the previous year, the national non-profit organization must choose only one group to honor at the Citizen CPR Foundation's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference, the highest-profile gathering of CPR instructors, physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and resuscitation professionals and researchers in the United States.

This year, Mary Newman, MS, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, honored Federal Aviation Administration Inspectors Ron Noe and Ray Trevino with the People Saving People™ Award, for their role in saving the life of Captain Matt Taylor, an American Airlines pilot and 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

SCA Victims in Poor Neighborhoods Less Likely to Receive CPR

If your heart stops and you fall to the ground, your chances of survival may depend on which neighborhood you're in when you collapse.

Patients suffering cardiac arrest in poorer, predominantly black neighborhoods were half as likely to receive CPR from a bystander as those in richer, predominantly white neighborhoods, according to research published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Even cardiac arrest victims in well-to-do black neighborhoods were 23% less likely to receive bystander assistance. And overall, blacks and Latinos were less likely to receive aid, regardless of where they were.

October 24th

This Movie Nearly Had a Bad Ending

Patricia Harris

My story begins on April 1, 2010. I had spent the day with my grandaughter.

We had gone to the movies and out to lunch and had a nice day. That afternoon, right after my daughter left with my granddaughter, I started feeling dizzy and short of breath.

I called my husband and told him I needed to see a doctor. He happened to be right around the corner and was there to pick me up in minutes. He took me to Alamance Hospital. He said I walked in the door and told the receptionist that I was going to pass out but I do not remember going to the hospital. They got me a wheelchair and took me back while my husband moved the car. When he came back in they took him to a room and soon the chaplain can in.

October 23rd

Could he have been an angel?

This article is the story of a man who recently collapsed on the sidewalk in Manhattan, suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and was given CPR by an unknown bystander. During the commotion when the ambulance arrived with the defibrillator, the stranger disappeared. The man survived his SCA, but the man who did the CPR was not to be found. Could he have been one of those beings who walks among us that are in this world but not of this world?

- Carolyn
SCA Survivor and believer in angels

Science Shows Even the Fit Can Be Scared to Death

Can you be literally scared to death? Yes, say doctors, including neurologist Martin Samuels at Brigham and Women's Hospital, who has been collecting evidence on the phenomenon for years, including a study of New York ICD patients whose experienced an increase in ife-threatening arrhythmias on 9/11 and the days following.

Can people literally be scared to death? It sounds like the stuff of ghost stories and B movies, but physicians say the phenomenon is rare but real—and shows how fear from the brain can affect the heart, specifically with a rush of adrenaline.

Doctors around the world are increasingly identifying an unusual heart problem even in otherwise healthy people who have suffered a severe fright, a traumatic experience or loss of a loved one.

October 22nd

Middle-Aged Male Runners at Higher Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death During Marathons

The risk for sudden cardiac arrest during marathons is small. However, a new study indicates that the last three miles are the most dangerous, especially for males (average age of 49)Most people who survived (17/20) were treated quickly with defibrillators. The take home message: (1) Get checked by your physician before participating in a marathon. (2) Ensure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, especially toward the end of the race, and potential rescuers are trained in their use. [SCA Foundation commentary]

Marathons are notorious for causing cardiac problems since they put such great physical strain on the body. 

Now scientists have pinpointed who is most at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and when during the race they are most likely to fall ill.

Can Energy Drinks Cause Sudden Cardiac Death?

Parents sue Monster after Dec. 23, 2011 death of 14-year-old, attributing it to “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.”

Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST)’s energy drinks have been cited in the deaths of five people in the past year, according to incident reports that doctors and companies submit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

The five reports received by the agency said the victims consumed Monster drinks prior to their deaths, Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman, said today in a telephone interview. The agency said the incidents, which are voluntarily reported, are considered to be allegations, and no conclusion is drawn until a full investigation is completed. Monster shares tumbled by as much as 10 percent. 

ICDs Are Not a Luxury

Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include ICDs, are underused in parts of Europe. Conclusions of the ICD for Life Summit held in Belgrade, Serbia.

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