Archive - May 2012

Archive - May 2012

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Two Contests in Recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week

To recognize National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The prize for first place in each contest is an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Pittsburgh, PA (PR WEB)--In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the nation's leading cause of death.

May 30th

Pennsylvania Enacts First Law in Nation to Protect Student Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

NORRISTOWN, PA—To the applause of a school auditorium filled with families who have lost their children to sudden cardiac arrest and families whose children’s lives have been saved by preventive heart screenings, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Rep. Mike Vereb’s (R-Montgomery) House Bill 1610, making Pennsylvania the first state in the country to enact a law protecting student athletes from the potentially fatal condition. 

Citizen CPR Foundation Partners with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at ECCU Conference, Sept. 11-15

Three national nonprofit organizations announce a partnership designed to attract the largest gathering of sudden cardiac arrest survivors and rescuers ever attempted.

Orlando, FLA (PR WEB)--In preparation for National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7, 2012), the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) announces today its partnership with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCA FDN) for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference, to be held September 11-15th, 2012 in Orlando.

May 29th

Defibrillators saving lives at suburban schools

By Kimberly Pohl
An animated Rich Keller recently stood at third base on a beautiful spring afternoon, his hands delivering a series of signals that let his batter know she should lay down a bunt.

No one would ever guess that Schaumburg High School’s freshman softball coach had collapsed — just one month earlier — at that very spot on the team’s home field.

“The girls thought I was just messing around, laying on the ground trying to sun myself or something,” Keller, 63, recalled. “Turns out, I was in trouble.”

And a nearby automatic external defibrillator saved him.

From a referee who collapsed 18 months ago at a Round Lake High School basketball game to a Glenbard South High School cross country coach who slumped over after speaking at a 2001 pep rally for his state champion team, several suburban residents have benefited from AEDs at schools.

May 24th

Susan's Team Efforts to Raise Awareness Was a Walk (Around) the Park

Susan Koeppen and members of the SCA FDN teamPITTSBURGH, PA--Despite the bright sunlight starting to pop up in the eastern sky, the morning was still brisk when Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation volunteer techie Amanda Seagle arrived at the group’s tent at 6:10 a.m. to get ready for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 19. By the time other walkers and volunteers arrived for the 5K event, Amanda’s jacket was slung over a folding chair, a concession to temperatures that would rise to a pleasant mid-60's level by the time the walk began.

Tragedy Averted as Coaches and Nurses Save Boy on Baseball Field

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ--Sean Neely, 12, is alive today because of the lifesaving efforts of two Freehold Township, New Jersey, Little League coaches and other volunteers who came to the child’s aid during a baseball game at Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold Township, on May 12.

Sean was playing catcher for the Rangers in a game against the Blue Jays and was wearing a chest protector that was properly fitted, officials said. During the top of the fourth inning, a ball was fouled off by a batter, and it struck Sean in the chest, sending him into cardiac arrest.

A quick response from Sean’s coaches Steve Crowley and Mike Schlessinger, who initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), along with help from Maureen Gugliotta and Sue Portaleos (both nurses), brought Sean back to life, according to his parents, Tom and Candy Neely.

May 22nd

Will someone please tell me why we're still not teaching CPR to every high school student every year?

Miramonte sophomore Dylan Watson put recent CPR skills learned in his PE class to work Thursday, May 10 when he came upon a fallen man on the walking trail at the Lafayette Reservoir.

Orinda resident Maria Rowland and her husband, Dennis, rushed to the side of an elderly man after he fell off a bench, landing facedown.

Watson ran up moments later, helped turn the man over, and after making an assessment immediately began chest compressions as Rowland called 911.

"I was so wowed by Dylan's presence," said Maria Rowland. "It was truly an emergency situation and he was present, attentive and conscientious. He was truly like a hero." Rowland said the high school student performed CPR on the gentleman for approximately seven minutes until the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrived.

Paramedics shocked the man's heart three times and administered medication to get the heart beating again.

May 22nd

PA Governor Tom Corbett to Sign HB 1610 into Law

HARRISBURG – Legislation marking Pennsylvania as the first state in the country to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest is now on its way to the governor, as Rep. Mike Vereb’s (R-Montgomery) House Bill 1610 today passed through the General Assembly with minimal debate. 

“Sudden cardiac arrest syndrome is a force to be reckoned with and I’m glad my colleagues agree that my legislation is needed to raise more awareness about this potentially fatal disease,” said Vereb. “For instance, earlier this month, 26-year-old Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway’s top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during training camp because of sudden cardiac arrest.” 

Study Identifies Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiac Death in Men

The risk of sudden cardiac death is higher in men whose electrical impulses travel more slowly through the lower chambers of the heart, a new study indicates.

Electrical impulses travel through the heart and cause it to pump blood through its four chambers. The impulses, or waves, have distinct patterns and can be measured using an electrocardiogram (ECG). The waves traveling through the heart's lower chambers (ventricles) are shown on the ECG as the "QRS" complex.

In the new study, more than 2,000 Finnish men, aged 42 to 60, were followed for 19 years. During that time, 156 of the men died from sudden cardiac death, in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Lack of something else to do is not why athletes practice.

The wide range of survival rates for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims demonstrates that some folks are doing the right things and some folks are not.

If you live in a house with one or more other people, their lives may well depend upon how practiced you are at responding to their sudden cardiac arrest. (I can hear some of you saying "Yeah. Sure. And what are the odds of that.?" Actually, each of us has a nigher-than-ten percent chance of seeing a family member, friend, or associate drop dead in front of our eyes. Also, keep in mind that 66% of all out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home.)

So let's all get ready by practicing!

Everybody in the household needs to know how to recognize when someone has arrested. (They suddenly become non-responsive and they either stop breathing or they stop breathing normally. Not breathing normally can mean the longest darn exhale you've ever heard or just an occasional gasp.)

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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