Archive - Oct 2015

Archive - Oct 2015

October 30th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Offers Educational Postcard to Help Raise Awareness

In an effort to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of immediate bystander intervention, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has developed a postcard with basic facts about sudden cardiac arrest and the critical importance of immediate bystander intervention. The postcard, with and without crop marks, is available for downloading here. (See attachments.) These files may be downloaded and printed with permission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, providing the files are not altered. 

If you prefer to order printed copies of the postcard, contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: 7%20Myths%20Postcard) .

October 29th

Hospitals to Pay $250 Million for Cardiac Device Coverage Violations

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals will pay a total of more than $250 million stemming from allegations that they implanted cardiac devices in Medicare patients in violation of coverage requirements, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

The 457 hospitals are from 43 states, the Justice Department said.

The settlement involves a type of device that detects and treats extremely fast, life-threatening heart rhythms, called fibrillations, by delivering a shock to the heart, the Justice Department said.

But only patients with certain medical characteristics and risk factors qualify for the device, known as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, the Justice Department said.

October 26th


Hi, I'm trying to figure out how this thing works. I wanted to answer a question about memory after cardiac arrests. But had to register and now don't know where I am, sorry lol


October 25th

Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Understanding the Difference

Awake or Not Awake. That is the Question.

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Understanding the difference between heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest could help save lives. One way to understand the difference between the two conditions is this distinction: The heart attack victim is awake and the heart is beating. In contrast, the sudden cardiac arrest victim is not awake and the heart is not beating. To survive sudden cardiac arrest, the victim needs immediate CPR and treatment with a defibrillator. [1]

Sudden unexpected cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. [2], affecting 326,200 people each year, including 6,000 youth [3]. On average, about 10 percent of victims survive, though nearly 40 percent survive when bystanders call 911, start CPR, and use automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, before emergency medical services (EMS) arrives at the scene. [4] 

October 24th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Participates in 7th Annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair

PITTSBURGH, PA-- The University of Pittsburgh basketball program hosted the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on October 25 at the Petersen Events Center. The health fair featured free blood pressure health screenings and educational heart health displays, including CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) demonstrations from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 22nd

Study: Hands-Only CPR Makes Teenagers More Likely to Respond in Emergency

Researchers saw a nearly 50 percent improvement in the number of students willing to perform CPR.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--The mouth-to-mouth part of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, has long been the focus of jokes on television and in movies. But when instructors in a study with high school freshmen taught hands-only CPR, students reported they were more likely to provide life-saving help to somebody having a heart attack.

The survival rate for people who have (sudden cardiac arrest) outside a hospital and do not receive CPR is less than 10 percent, which researchers said motivated the hands-only concept in the hope it will increase the number of people who get help from bystanders.

October 19th

Double Play: Gill Heart Institute Saves 27-Year-Old Identical Twins

LEXINGTON, KY--Jon Wes and Gardner Adams share a lot. Both have a profound love for baseball. Both are in phenomenal physical condition. And as identical twins, they share the same genetic profile.

The Adams twins, now 27, began playing baseball almost before they could read. Both were offered scholarships to Asbury University. Gardner was drafted by the Braves. Their work ethic was a big factor in their success on the diamond, running 25-30 miles a week, regardless of weather, each pushing the other to achieve.

October 17th

Some things most bystanders don’t know about CPR…and why you need an AED in your home.

A heart attack is not the same thing as a cardiac arrest. Heart attack victims normally are able to talk and many are in pain. Cardiac arrest victims are non-responsive, clinically dead, and are not breathing normally – even though they might be gasping.

CPR is not used on heart attack victims. CPR is only used on SCA victims.

CPR does not re-start hearts – It tries to keep the heart muscle and brain alive, and it delays the transition from a shockable rhythm to a non-shockable one. This transition drops your chance of survival seven-fold. It takes an AED to re-start the heart, and sooner is a lot better!

Eighty-five percent of all cardiac arrests occur in a private residence. The witness, if there is one, is usually about the same age as the victim. Heel Compression quadruples the number of people who can perform guideline-compliant chest compression ("GC3’s") for ten minutes.

October 15th

New CPR Guidelines Recommend Using Social Media and Mobile Technology to Speed Bystander CPR in Sudden Cardiac Arrests

PulsePoint CPR Response App already downloaded more than 505,000 times--more than 16,500 cardiac arrest responders alerted to date.

October 14th

CPR in America

Second Opinion, WXXI’s national healthcare series, has formed an exciting partnership with the American Heart Association to produce a national television special designed to teach Hands-Only CPR to all of America. CPR in America premieres on WXXI-TV and PBS stations across the country Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m. It will coincide with the updated 2015 AHA CPR Guidelines being released that same day. 

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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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