Archive - Oct 2016

Archive - Oct 2016


October 27th

The Aftermath of Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH, PA--Life after survival from cardiac arrest is fraught with challenges for patients and loved ones alike, according to newly published research conducted among members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s online community, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network.

While contemporary research among survivors has focused on functional abilities and cognitive or neuropsychiatric measures, this study sought to identify themes unique and important to cardiac arrest survivors and their family members and friends, so that results could serve as a basis for future patient-centered interventions and resources.

October 25th

Martin Gannon Elected to Serve on Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Martin J. Gannon, Vice President of Investments at Stifel in Bethel Park, PA, has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. As a financial advisor in wealth management, Gannon has more than 38 years of experience in helping clients identify and prioritize their objectives. He also has a strong history of community service, including involvement with youth sports, and fundraising for Seton LaSalle High School and building their alumni association.

October 20th

Survivor Pays It Back...10 Years Later

Alan Langman, Marc Goyette and Tim Dewhurst have been playing soccer together recreationally for more than 10 years.

The trio plays year round on 40-50 fields throughout the Puget Sound area so when the three of them prepared to play a game on Sept. 22 at Hartman Park in Redmond, things were no different.

But about 30 minutes into the game, Goyette saw Langman go down. Langman's knees buckled and when he fell, Goyette said he did nothing to protect himself, so he knew something was wrong.

October 19th

Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research Celebrates Grand Opening at VCU

On Oct. 24, Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate the grand opening of the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building first floor lobby, 1217 E. Marshall St.

October 12th

Prince George's County Becomes the First Community in the National Capital Region to Adopt PulsePoint

LANDOVER, MD--The 900,000 people who live in the Washington, D.C., suburb known as Prince George's County now have access to a life-saving app for their phone to alert them when a life needs to be saved.
The PulsePoint application alerts people who know how to perform CPR when PG County dispatches a nearby call for a sudden cardiac arrest in a public place. While the free application is being used across the nation, this is the first time it is being deployed in the national capital region.

October 11th

Bob Davis Elected to Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Bob Davis, a champion for saving lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest, has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Davis is a communications professional and former paramedic with a passion for saving lives through team building, public education and advocacy.

A "go-to" member of senior leadership teams and an expert communicator during times of crisis or change, Davis is a seasoned coalition-builder who accomplishes complex and challenging goals with limited resources by inspiring and motivating others.

October 10th

Postmortem Genetic Testing May Help Determine Cause of Death After Sudden Unexpected Death

In a study appearing in the October 11 issue of JAMA, Ali Torkamani, Ph.D., of Scripps Translational Science Institute, La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues report preliminary results from a family-based, postmortem genetic testing study.

St. Louis AED Program

I recently came across this article on the Cardiac Science website that gave some background on the success St. Louis has had in developing a strong PAD (public access defibrillation) program. While the article is a number of years old at this point, I took a number of interesting nuggets from it.

October 9th

Emotional Upset and Heavy Exertion May Trigger a Heart Attack

Study Highlights

  • Experiencing anger/emotional upset or heavy physical exertion appears to double heart attack risk.
  • Being angry or emotionally upset while engaging in heavy physical exertion appears to triple heart attack risk.
  • The findings do not negate the benefits of appropriate, regular physical activity in preventing heart attacks.

DALLAS, TX-- Being angry, emotionally upset or engaging in heavy physical exertion may trigger a heart attack, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

October 3rd

Gaining ground on AED comfort

While participating in a recent forum discussion in which a member suggested adding AEDs to public transport vehicles, I was driven to an article on Mass Transit Mag (here) that covered that exact topic. It was interesting to learn just how far we've come in making AEDs more available, but also how far we still have to go.

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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