Archive - Apr 2016

Archive - Apr 2016


April 26th

Wisconsin To Require CPR Training for Students

Wisconsin became the latest state in the country to require CPR training in its schools under legislation signed into law this week.

The measure was inspired by the heroic actions of several teenagers who came to the rescue of a man who had suffered a heart attack while riding his bike, said state Sen. Jerry Petrowski, one of the bill’s primary sponsors.

“Without the quick thinking and action of three CPR-trained teenagers who happened to be nearby, he would not have survived,” Petrowski said. “This incident really showed me the importance of this legislation and prompted me to author this bill.”

The legislation requires all Wisconsin public, charter and private schools to teach CPR, as well as cardio cerebral resuscitation, or CCR, as part of health education classes offered to students between seventh and 12th grade. The law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year.

SCA Foundation to Participate in The Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving on May 3rd

Help Raise Awareness on the Day of Giving, May 3rd

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, is participating in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2016 Day of Giving. The 16-hour event is designed to inspire individuals and businesses to contribute to the life-changing work of non-profit organizations located in the Pittsburgh region.

SCA Foundation Has Reached the GuideStar Silver Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today achieved the Silver GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

April 25th

Join or Support Our Team Today!

Take a step for survival. Join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Health Community in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 14th. Can't walk with us that day? You can still support the team by donating here.

About 1,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest every single day in the U.S., and most of them die. Those who do survive invariably received immediate CPR and treatment with a defibrillator. 

April 21st

South Carolina Gov. Haley Signs Lifesaving CPR in Schools Bill into Law

COLUMBIA, SC--Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3265 into law on April 21, requiring all South Carolina students to learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

This essential life skill will be incorporated into the already required high school health education curriculum and will ultimately benefit countless families by increasing the number of people with CPR proficiency.  Far too many people die suddenly from cardiac arrest who might have been saved if only those around them were trained to administer CPR.

Screening Young Athletes to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest Not Proven to Save Lives

Young athletes should not undergo screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest because it is not proven to save lives, suggests an analysis of the available evidence published in The British Medical Journal today.

The findings show that the harms outweigh any benefits, and no robust evidence exists to confirm it actually prevents deaths.

"Sudden cardiac death of a young person on a sports field is a devastating event," explain the authors from the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre.

They estimate that around 0.001% of young athletes die suddenly from sudden cardiac arrest every year, often caused by an underlying cardiovascular condition.

April 20th

SCA Foundation Announces Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic

PITTSBURGH, PA--The inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic will take place on Saturday, June 25, at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh area firefighters and firefighters from Johnstown, PA, will compete in a hockey game to raise funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh. The faceoff will take place at 7:00 pm.

Prior to the game, from 5:00-7:00 pm, there will be a meeting of the Southwestern PA Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Survivors, their loved ones, and other advocates are encouraged to attend. CPR-AED demonstrations will be provided for the public.

April 19th

National Academies to Hold Public Workshop on Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

Cardiac arrest can strike a seemingly healthy individual of any age at any time, often without warning. Each year, more than half a million people in the United States experience a cardiac arrest. Using conservative estimates, it is the third leading cause of death, following cancer and heart disease, although more complete data is needed.

April 14th

New Guidance on Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes Published

NCAA, medical specialists recommend all universities have well-rehearsed emergency action plan for sudden cardiac arrest.

April 4th

ZOLL Supports AHA Recommendations for Wearable Defibrillator Use for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death


CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the American Heart Association (AHA), with the endorsement of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), has issued a Science Advisory providing recommendations for use of the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) in clinical practice. The AHA and HRS recommend that the WCD may be considered for a wide range of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), including those who have recently suffered a myocardial infarction (MI), with or without revascularization, and those with a newly diagnosed non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.

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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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