Archive - Sep 24, 2015

Archive - Sep 24, 2015

Please contact your legislators today

Your help is needed today to save the federally-funded Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. Designed to save lives from cardiac arrest, this program is in jeopardy of being terminated. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to end this life-saving program, but the U.S. House Appropriations Committee recommends $4.5 million for this initiative. Soon U.S. Members of Congress will work to resolve differences in the Senate and House health funding bills. So please send an e-mail to your U.S. legislators, urging them to include the House Appropriations Committee’s funding level of $4.5 million for this program in the final 2016 health appropriation bill. Funding for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program is used to buy automated external defibrillators in bulk, place AEDs in public rural areas where cardiac arrest is likely to occur, and train first responders and lay rescuers in their use.

10 Things to Know About Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

September is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month. Here are some helpful things to know about this lifethreatening condition.

1. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease of the heart muscle that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood. The disease can present in different forms and may, in severe cases, lead to heart failure and/or sudden death.

2. There are five different forms of cardiomyopathy. The World Health Organization recognizes four forms: dilated (DCM); hypertrophic (HCM); restrictive (RCM); and arrhythmogenic right ventricular (ARVC) cardiomyopathy. Left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) increasingly is being recognized as a fifth form.

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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