Archive - 2012

Archive - 2012

November 3rd

Temporal Patterns for SCA Outside Hospitals: Highest Risk from 9:00 AM-Noon, Saturday-Monday, and from October-December

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when normal blood circulation stops due to the heart failing to contract effectively, is a serious manifestation for people with underlying heart disease. Survival rates for SCA are typically poor and drop to 10 percent or less when patients experience SCA outside the hospital. However, little is known about when SCA is most likely to occur.

In a new study led by Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) fellow Akshay Bagai, MD, researchers set out to learn whether there are temporal patterns of SCA occurrence outside of a hospital setting. The study reviewed data from 911 dispatch centers, emergency medical service providers, and hospitals in 35 communities across the United States and stored in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). Researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 out-of-hospital SCA events between 2005 and 2010.

Penn Researchers Report on Success of Crowdsourcing AED Project

Study Highlights:

  • Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places.

  • Although more AEDs are being placed in gyms, schools, shopping malls and public buildings, their exact location is often unknown, and their use remains low.

LOS ANGELES — Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

Crowdsourcing is when the public conducts tasks traditionally done by a company, individual or a group with special skills.

November 2nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges FDA to Reconsider Reclassification of AEDs

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of reclassifying "pre-amendment class III devices," including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This proposed increase in regulations will have significant public health consequences, due to reduced access to early defibrillation for the nation's victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If regulatory hurdles increase, access to lifesaving treatment with AEDs will decrease. Following is our letter to the FDA.

We urge you to express your concerns to the FDA as soon as possible, before a determination is made. Sign this petition. Or use the sample letter below.

More coverage: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

November 1st

New Study Reports ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risks

Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.

University of Florida researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million U.S. youths in Medicaid programs in 28 states, and found that the per-year risk of any child suffering a severe cardiac event was about one in 30,000. Severe cardiac events include sudden cardiac death, heart attack and stroke, and are typically caused by underlying heart disease.

Children taking ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin did not have a greater risk of severe cardiac events than other children, according to the study published recently in the British Medical Journal.

The results confirm previous studies that concluded that the use of such stimulants by children and young adults does not increase the short-term risk of serious heart problems.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Colleges to Ensure Campuses Are Prepared to Prevent Unexpected Cardiac Death Among Students, Faculty, and Visitors

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 1,000 people each day, including college students, faculty and visitors. Survival rates could increase from 8 to 38% if more people understood the need for immediate bystander intervention with CPR and user-friendly automated external defibrillators. Colleges are microcosms of the community at large. It's time to plan for sudden cardiac emergencies that can happen to anyone, of any age, in any setting--including college campuses. Learn more at

"I just can't believe what they did for me. They literally gave me the gift of life." -- Walter Watts, 21

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 01, 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.

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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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