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December 20th

Medical First: Discovery of Warning Symptoms for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Opens New Window of Opportunity for Prevention

Study shows more than half of those who have a sudden cardiac arrest ignore key symptoms even though medical intervention could save lives

LOS ANGELES--More than half of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest ignore symptoms occurring up to a month prior to the usually fatal heart rhythm malfunction even though medical intervention potentially could save their lives, according to new research published by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Ten years ago, several colleagues, who were passionate about saving lives, established the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We were driven by a conviction that tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest and the critical importance of immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

December 17th

Bystander Mike Vanneman Wins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's 2015 'People Saving People Award'

Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has been named recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation 2015 'People Saving People Award,' which recognizes bystanders who help sudden cardiac arrest victims by calling 911, giving CPR, and using automated external defibrillators. Remarkably, Vanneman saved two lives in eight months.

Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has won the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation prestigious 2015 'People Saving People Award' for saving the life of Ira Gura, 76, who collapsed suddenly from cardiac arrest at Mineta San José International Airport on April 19, 2015.

FDA Approves Wearable Defibrillator for Children at Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new indication for the LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator. The LifeVest is approved for certain children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, but are not candidates for an implantable defibrillator due to certain medical conditions or lack of parental consent.

While many automated external defibrillators (which require a second person to operate them) have been cleared for use in children, LifeVest is the only one worn by the patient and monitors the heart continuously for abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms (arrhythmias). LifeVest responds automatically if it senses the need to deliver a shock, restoring a life-sustaining heartbeat.

December 16th

Survivors and Loved Ones Gather During Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update

Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their loved ones gathered at the Citizen CPR Foundation's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in San Diego in December. They introduced scientific speakers, led the CPR Saves Lives March from the hotel to the city center, and participated in informal discussions, sharing their personal stories and the challenges they have faced after surviving cardiac arrest.

2015 ECCU PSA/Video Minute Contest Winner Announced

The Citizen CPR Foundation and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation conducted a public service announcement “Video Minute” Contest as part of the 2015 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, held December 8-11 in San Diego. The organizations recognized the best videos aimed at increasing awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, the importance of citizen CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and /or recognition of a heart attack.

CPR Saves Lives! At Least 2,500 People Just Told Us So…

SAN DIEGO, CA--2,500 people from more than 30 countries, along with representatives from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and about 50 cardiac arrest survivors, marched through the streets of downtown San Diego last week to help raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of CPR and AED devices. The march was the highlight of the week-long ECCU 2015 conference, which has been, for over three decades, THE place to go for learning, inspiration and networking with resuscitation professionals, instructors, practitioners and researchers.

The goal for the first-ever ‘CPR Saves Lives March‘ was to, “shed light on the hundreds of thousands of sudden cardiac arrest victims who could survive each year if communities provided more CPR training, better care, and a greater number of AEDs,” said Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

The Miracle

On November 18, 2015, I went into cardiac arrest and suffered a heart attack while participating in a parents vs. kids soccer game with my 8 year old son. I was able to get in a whole four minutes before suffering my episode. Immediately a combination of four people started performing CPR until the local rescue squad and paramedics where on site. I had to be shocked with an AED twice to get my pulse back. From there I was air lifted to Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ and was immediately put under a hypothermic treatment which lowered my body temperature in effort to preserve brain functions. Once it was realized that my brain was fine, I was taken off this to allow my body temperature to rise and start preparing for surgery.

December 12th

Mary Newman Rocks!

Check out the Fox News report on the parade at ECCU


December 10th

"CPR Saves Lives March" Focuses Attention on Improving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Representatives from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will join an estimated 1,000 people – including more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors – in a march through the streets of downtown San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. The “Citizen CPR Foundation’s CPR Saves Lives March” will begin at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and conclude at the San Diego Civic Center where participants will hear inspirational stories from survivors and a public call for more community-based action so that others can live. 

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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