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October 28th

Learn CPR and How to Use as AED, SCA Foundation Blog Urges in The Huffington Post

In October, the public, to its credit, tends to think pink -- remembering those who have suffered from breast cancer and celebrating those who have survived.

The fact that October is also National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month is less well known -- perhaps because there are so few survivors. Sudden cardiac arrest, an unexpected, pulseless condition, strikes more than 1,000 people of all ages outside hospitals every day in the U.S. -- and most victims die.

Let's make October a time to remember those affected by sudden cardiac arrest--and a time to learn how to save a life.

Read more in The Huffington Post.

October 23rd

Could he have been an angel?

This article is the story of a man who recently collapsed on the sidewalk in Manhattan, suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and was given CPR by an unknown bystander. During the commotion when the ambulance arrived with the defibrillator, the stranger disappeared. The man survived his SCA, but the man who did the CPR was not to be found. Could he have been one of those beings who walks among us that are in this world but not of this world?

- Carolyn
SCA Survivor and believer in angels

October 11th

This is the way it's supposed to happen, most of the time.

Player, 14, saved by coach's CPR training, automated external defibrillator
By Associated Press

Knoxville Central High School freshman Hunter Helton had sudden cardiac arrest during a conditioning practice Monday.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel (, coach Jon Higgins, -- a former University of Tennessee player -- performed the rescue protocol on Hunter and used the AED to stabilize his heartbeat. The youth is a cousin to Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, a former UT standout. Todd Helton also played prep ball at Central High School.

Hunter's father said the boy had no history of heart problems.

"He's had poison ivy and braces -- that's all," Ronnie Helton said. "He's always been a healthy, normal kid."

But thinking back to Monday evening and what doctors told him, Ronnie Helton still gets emotional.
"He flatlined three times," he said, choking back tears.

October 10th

A Decade Extra

Ten years ago today, I collapsed with ventricular fibrillation. I owe my life to Tom and Randy who performed CPR on me during a training class in a hotel in Dallas. They thought of giving up in the 12 minutes or so it took for the ambulance to arrive with a defibrillator. I'm glad they did not stop. Because of their efforts, and the fine work of the EMTs, I've gained ten more years of life that I would not have had.

I'm so grateful for the work of all involved - Tom, Randy, the EMTs, the doctors and nurses at the hospital. And for the last ten years, the ongoing care of the electrophysiologists, especially Dr Rubin. I'm also thankful that I have a wonderful husband who took excellent care of me following my SCA and during my recovery. Through him, I know and experience love each day.

I thank God for all the people who are willing to perform bystander CPR and for all the research and technology about how to save the life of someone experiencing SCA.

October 8th

North Carolina Joins the Sweeping Trend.

North Carolina has passed a law requiring CPR training for graduation from High School.


There are now a handful of states who require CPR training before graduation, and the pace is accelerating, largely due to the AHA's activist role in encouraging states to adopt such legislation.

The number continues to grow. Way to go, AHA!

They are getting with the program...

First two paragraphs form focal Chicago report about Chicago Marathon: The successful defibrillation was treated almost with a yawn. That's super because it means that (a) there was a defibrillator on scene and there is a growing expectation that it will be there and used.


"Marathon runner suffers cardiac arrest but fewer rushed to hospitals


"One man suffered cardiac arrest in the last miles of the race, but cool weather kept injuries down in this year’s Bank of American Chicago Marathon, race officials said. The cool weather provided nearly ideal conditions for runners, and the men’s winner broke the course record.

October 7th

Check out this save!

The LA Times carried a story about an attorney who arrested and was saved by his staff members. See,0,83773....

Each of us as more than a ten percent chance of seeing - at least once in our lifetime - a family member, a friend, or an associate die of a cardiac arrest. When that happens, the victim is clinically dead, and will almost certainly stay dead unless someone sees that person die, calls 911, begins CPR, and - if one is available - promptly defibrillates the victim's heart with an AED.

When one of the possible outcomes of an event (for example, a cardiac arrest) is, in your mind, truly unacceptable, you need to view the odds of that happening as being 100% and prepare to deal with it when the arrest happens.

October 6th

They don't always work, but at least they are starting to show up on the sideline

High school football player dies after collapsing during game

WYFF Greenville

Rouse was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Players and coaches from both sides prayed as medical personnel tended to Rouse. Hartsville was hosting Crestwood.


It's tragic that this player died, but not all sudden cardiac arrest victims come back. The positive aspect of this tragedy is that the authorities had an AED at the game. Ten years ago, you would have had a very difficult time finding an AED at a high school sports event.

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