Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

November 6th

Life-Saving AEDs Often in Locked Buildings When Needed

ORLANDO, FL--Most public automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are in buildings that aren’t open 24 hours. As a result, bystanders who are near AEDs don’t have access to the life-saving defibrillators in 21 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers analyzed cardiac arrests that occurred within 100 meters (328 feet) of a public AED in a Canadian city. They then analyzed AED coverage of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest for more than eight years, according to the time of day and day of week.

When there was no 24/7 access to buildings, researchers found AED coverage was diminished more than:

  • 8 percent during the day;
  • 28 percent in the evening; and
  • 48 percent at night.

Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the study (61 percent) occurred during evenings, nights and weekends.

November 4th

AED Alert!

Every day without an AED is a disaster waiting to happen.

WESTPORT, CT--Less than two weeks ago, a high school senior—a spectator, not a player—went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at halftime of a Staples soccer game. The quick actions of one parent, who had an AED in the trunk of his car; another parent, who is a nurse; an EMT who raced over from the pool, and the school’s two trainers—who worked together to apply the automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform CPR—saved the boy’s life.

November 3rd

It works

The Short Version
An elderly male suffered a cardiac arrest at a meeting. Another elderly male began to perform manual CPR but quickly tired and was unable to continue. The other person present - who had recently read an interview with one of the authors of an article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine regarding Heel Compression CPR began to perform Heel CPR. The victim's heart was restarted before the arrival of EMS.

That's the whole point of Heel CPR - when you cannot get down on the ground or you have a problem pressing hard enough on the chest to get adequate compression depth, consider an alternative: Heel CPR. Go to and click on the Adult CPR video.


November 1st

New Recommendations Green-Light Some Athletes with Heart Disease to Compete

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Scientific Statement

Statement Highlights

  • New recommendations may “green-light” some trained athletes with certain heart conditions to participate in competitive sports.
  • Recent research concludes that the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is lower than previously thought for some athletes with irregular heartbeats caused by Long QT syndrome and athletes with Long QT syndrome who have implanted medical devices, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

DALLAS, TX--For the first time, joint recommendations may permit participation in competitive sports for some athletes diagnosed with a specific type of irregular heartbeat and for others who have an implanted medical device that regulates the heart’s rhythm.

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.

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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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