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November 18th

What Happens When We Die? Surviving Cardiac Arrest

What does it mean to die?  From the earliest days of history, death has been marked by the moment a person’s heart stops beating, breathing ceases, and brain function shuts down — a seemingly irreversible moment that leads to permanent cessation of life processes. However, the advent of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in 1960 was revolutionary, demonstrating that some patients who would otherwise remain dead could be returned to life. What we once called death — an endpoint — was now called cardiac arrest, and became a starting point.

Drone-delivered AEDs Fly a Step Closer to Saving Lives

It was a race with life-or-death implications: Unmanned drones were pitted against traditional emergency responders to see which could get an automated external defibrillator to the rural site of a simulated cardiac arrest first.

The drones won handily. And the Canadian researcher behind the test said such a system might be ready for the real world in as little as a year.

Opioid-Related Cardiac Arrest Patients Differ from Other Cardiac Arrests

Research Highlights:

·       People who suffer cardiac arrest due to an opioid overdose are younger, have fewer chronic medical conditions and may be more likely to be to receive bystander CPR, according to a review of emergency response records in Maine.

Citizen Responder CPR and Defibrillation Programs May Improve Survival and Outcomes from Cardiac Arrests that Occur at Home

DALLAS, TX--Implementing citizen responder programs to answer calls for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests may increase bystander defibrillation in private homes, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in Philadelphia.

NIH Funding for Cardiac Arrest Research Low Compared to Funding for Other Leading Causes of Death, Disability

DALLAS, TX--The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invests less money in cardiac arrest research compared to other leading causes of death and disability in the United States, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in  Philadelphia.

Legal Risk of Not Performing CPR Higher than Providing Lifesaving Assistance

DALLAS, TX--While some bystanders may fail to attempt CPR because they fear legal liability, the likelihood of facing litigation is higher for delaying or failing to intervene, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in Philadelphia.

Even though every state has “Good Samaritan” laws, which offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who they believe to be injured or in peril, concerns about legal liability are common.

November 13th

Cardiac Arrest aged 47

On 23rd February 2019 I was competing in the Rottnest Channel Swim (Western Australia). This is a 19.7km open water swimming event. I was competing in a duo i.e. you rotate time in and out of the water. I had done the event in a group of 4 six times and was keen to do something a bit more challenging. My partner and I swim all year round and train in the pool and the ocean. We were both very fit and well prepared. I have no memory of the swim at all but my crew reports that about 1/2 way through the event I started to talk about "not feeling right". They checked for the usual concerns in open water swimming - especially hypothermia but my symptoms did not match. At the 16km point my team rested me and let my partner swim. The final 500m of the swim is usually done together so that you can cross the line and celebrate. This is what we did on the day.

November 10th

Weekend Sudden Cardiac Arrests Are More Deadly

DALLAS, Nov. 11, 2019 — People who experience cardiac arrests over the weekend are less likely to survive long enough to be admitted to a hospital, compared to those who had the same medical event on a weekday, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in Philadelphia. 
U.K. researchers investigated “survival-to-hospital admission” for patients who suffered an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest and were treated by a publicly accessible automated external defibrillator (AED).

November 6th

My story

My new birthday is October 28, 2015.
At the time of my event, I was 55 years old. I was an active runner who enjoyed participating in multiple 5k races throughout the year. In the year before my event, I had taken up swimming as my son, who was in his second year of college, had been a high school swimmer. I thought swimming would be less wear and tear on my joints. My usual routine was to swim three days a week and run three days a week; this kept me fit although I always had about ten pounds to lose. I did have high blood pressure for which I took medication. I also had somewhat high cholesterol for which I did nothing as I did not like the body aches associated with the medication.
In the days/week leading up to 10/28/15 I had developed a head cold. On October 27, 2015 I decided to go out for a run on my usual course. As I was heading back I remember seeing my wife's car drive off from our house on her way to work. Just a usual day except the head cold.

November 5th

Public Survivor Celebration and CPR Training to be Held in Philadelphia

Public survivor celebration and CPR training to kick-off the global American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium

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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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