Archive - 2016

Archive - 2016

August 7th

Dana Vollmer Overcomes Heart Condition and Successfully Competes in Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-- Dana Vollmer didn’t set the world record Sunday night. She didn’t even successfully defend her gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.

But Vollmer didn’t leave the Olympic Aquatics Stadium disappointed.

She also didn’t leave without more hardware. The 28-year-old proudly wore the bronze medal around her neck after swimming a time of 56.63 seconds. Only 17 months after giving birth to Arlen Jackson Grant and 15 months after resuming her career, it felt more like gold.

August 3rd

Leaky Calcium Triggers Brainstem Blackout That Results in Sudden Cardiac Death

Epilepsy is an extremely common disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants through teenagers to older adults. One of the most mysterious things about this disorder is that about 6 percent of the people with epilepsy have an unusually high incidence of sudden unexpected death. In a paper published today on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and increase the risk of sudden unexpected death.

August 2nd

I Had the Sensation of Being Sucked Into the Earth

Bruce Benda, Pittsburgh, PA–52 at time of event (2014)

The old saw ‘ignorance is bliss’ applied when Hannah Benda, daughter of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Bruce Benda got word that her dad had suffered SCA at a golf outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Indie Film Goes on Hometown Tour; Pittsburgh Premiere Aims to Raise Funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Film festival circuit favorite Superior will screen at SouthSide Works Cinema before nationwide release. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation video, Together We Can Save More Lives, will debut on the big screen.

July 28th

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Link Between LQTS and Seizures

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently discovered a genetic link between Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a rare cardiac rhythm disease, and an increased risk for seizures. The study also found that people with LQTS who experience seizures are at greater risk of sudden cardiac death.

According to research published in the July 2016, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, there is a clear association between the heart and the brain of LQTS patients. Patients carrying LQTS genetic mutations were three times more likely to have experienced seizures in their past, compared to their family members who did not carry those mutations. Interestingly, LQTS patients who had a history of seizures also tended to have worse cardiac symptoms.


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July 25th

NCAA Reminding Trainers, Coaches To Use Cardiac Arrest Checklist

Summer school classrooms are humming with activity on college campuses across the nation and soon, so will sports fields full of student athletes returning for training camps and practices.

But before they do, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s top medical chief is reminding head athletic trainers and team physicians about a rare, but important concern of theirs: sudden cardiac death.

In a memo, Brian Hainline, M.D., provides a reminder of significant recommendations the NCAA made this spring about pre-participation health screenings for athletes – and the need to bolster emergency response plans to ensure quick and potentially lifesaving responses to students who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

July 21st

Survivor Video to be Shown on Big Screen at Pittsburgh Premiere of Superior

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be partnering with Beyond the Porch Productions on the Pennsylvania premiere of the award-winning Superior on August 31 in Pittsburgh. Superior is the first feature film by Edd Benda and Alex Bell, recent graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It is Edd’s debut as a writer, director and producer.

Bubble-Teers Needed

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been selected as one of two nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the BUBBLE RUN™ in Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 27th. The Foundation will have a table at the event and will provide CPR-AED demos.

According to organizers, the 5K BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across three miles of absolute fun! Waves start every three to five minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover participants from head to toe.

July 20th

Triathlete Survives 45 Minutes Without a Pulse

A man who could be described as the picture of health suffered a heart attack out of the blue, his heart actually stopping for 45 minutes; but miraculously, he survived. Medical personnel from Doctor's Regional Medical Center performed CPR the entire time, even when the outlook seemed bleak.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX--46-year old Doug Commons said he did not see a light at the end of the tunnel or have an out of body experience, but his heart did stop beating for almost an hour. He and his family were at church Sunday, just two minutes from the hospital, when Commons began to sweat profusely and could not breathe.

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