Archive - Sep 2013

Archive - Sep 2013

September 30th

Save the Date: Thursday, October 3

Donate October 3PITTSBURGH, PA--Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 3rd to make a gift to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on the 2013 Day of Giving. On that day, every gift to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, up to $1,000, will be matched by The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Here’s what to do on October 3:

Business Traveler Perseveres to Save Young Man’s Life at Philadelphia Airport

Case illustrates the need for immediate bystander action when sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the critical importance of CPR, and the need for improved public access to defibrillators

PITTSBURGH--Sue Hostler arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport on August 22 to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, PA. A frequent business traveler, she knew her way around the airport and ran to get on an elevator in a remote area of the F terminal, which is used for commuter flights. A young man entered the elevator just before her, but the doors closed before she could join him. When she hit the “up” button and the doors reopened, she was stunned by what she saw. There he was, face down, not moving.

September 26th

Mobile Unit to Test Athletes for Cardiac Problems

MASSILLON, OH--Undiagnosed heart conditions can be a problem for student athletes. But a former Washington High School athlete hopes he can help prevent complications from heart problems in athletes.

Bart Letcavits is working with mCore — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to bring cardiac screening to the high school. mCore was created by Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz in response to the rising number of SCA deaths of student athletes, he said.

Letcavits said sudden cardiac deaths can be prevented with a few simple tests.

On Tuesday , mCore will bring a military-grade mobile unit to the high school to offer echocardiograms, a 3-D look at the heart, and electrocardiograms. Cardiologists will review the tests, Letcavits said.

The cardiologists then will make recommendations to parents about the findings, he said.

Alison Ellison's Gift to the Schools of Georgia

Alison EllisonA dedicated nurse for more than 40 years, Alison Ellison will retire this fall after decades of wholeheartedly caring for patients, advocating preventive care and educating healthcare providers.  We are deeply grateful for her service and would like to take a moment to thank Alison for her invaluable role within the 2004-2013 “life” of Project SAVE. 

September 25th

Coroner: LaPorte IN Football Player Died from Heart Condition

LAPORTE, IN--A LaPorte High School football player died Wednesday from a genetic heart condition that caused sudden cardiac arrest. Jake West, 17, collapsed just after 5 p.m. Wednesday running laps during practice at Kiwanis Field.

LaPorte County Deputy Coroner Mark Baker said a Thursday autopsy showed Baker died from arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Baker said the condition is a thinning of the right ventricle walls where the area thinned turns to fat, leaving the heart unable to pump blood. The result is sudden cardiac arrest, he said.

September 23rd

Baltimore Middle Schools Receive Lifesaving Donation of AEDs

BALTIMORE, MD--Johns Hopkins Medicine has teamed up with a local philanthropic foundation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to 10 Baltimore City middle schools for use, if needed, during sporting events and practices. The portable devices, which are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, can save the life of a student athlete, coach or spectator who collapses during practice or a game due to a heart rhythm disorder that causes sudden cardiac arrest.

The AEDs were donated on Sept. 24, 2013, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore at an event with officials of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation and principals and coaches from the schools receiving the AEDs.

Majority of Patients Who Qualify for ICDs Do Not Receive Them

A new study of patients who died of sudden cardiac arrest, a usually fatal condition that causes the heart to stop beating, shows the majority who qualified to receive potentially lifesaving treatment did not receive it.

Researchers led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, examined medical records of 2,093 patients who died of sudden cardiac arrest and found that only 488 patients, or about 20 percent, were medically evaluated to see if they met the criteria to receive an implantable cardiac defibrillator, which can shock a stopped heart into beating. Of those 488 patients, 92 were eligible to receive this treatment. However, further analysis showed that just 12 patients of those who were eligible received a defibrillator.

One Year Anniversary

In 6 days I will be celebrating one year of life after caridac arrest. I will be celebrating with the nurses as we run together as a relay team at the Akron Marathon. Here is the link to my story which is a quick version of my comeback after collapsing at the Akron Marathon in 2012. I am so lucky and thankful to be here.

One other item.... I just started working to get CPR taught in Ohio Schools. Any ideas on how to make my goal happen????

FDA Finalizes New System to Identify Medical Devices

Rule designed to help improve patient safety

September 20th

ECCU 2014 Survivor Track - Call for Presentations Now Open

ECCU 2014The ECCU (Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update) 2014 conference is now accepting presentations and there are special sessions for survivors, families and rescuers. Come share your story, honor your rescuers and meet the scientists and community champions who are all gathering at ECCU, June 3-6, 2014 in Las Vegas.

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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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