Archive - 2008 - SCA Article

Archive - 2008 - SCA Article

May 6th

Sudden Cardiac Death: Who's at Risk

May 6, 2008­–Sudden cardiac death can often be prevented with an implantable defibrillator in people known to be at high danger. These include survivors of a heart attack, people with severe heart failure, and certain rare genetic abnormalities of the heart's electrical system. But defibrillators can't be implanted in everybody who might die suddenly.

Who is most likely to suffer a sudden death? A recent study from Germany has raised serious doubts about the common assumption that sudden death most often strikes unexpectedly and at random in apparently healthy men.

Ridgefield Earns HEARTsafe Award

 May 6, 2008­–RIDGEFIELD, CT–Ridgefield on Monday became the 20th town in the state of Connecticut to receive a HEARTSafe Community award. The award came from the state Department of Public Health, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the American Heart Association. It was presented to Fire Chief Heather Burford by Gary St. Amand, the state health department’s Health Program Associate in the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

No Stray Bullet

Jerry Vauk Jr., Austin, TX – 38 at the time of the event (2008)

Jerry VaukSaturday morning, Jerry sets off to test the bike route to his new workplace, two miles from home. He never got there. He doesn’t know why. In fact he can’t even remember the Friday before. He’s lucky to be able to tell the story. So very lucky, now he’s a survivor of the nation’s number one killer. He had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was found collapsed, under his bike, half on the sidewalk, half on the road.

Two men in a truck saw him and called 9-1-1. A nurse on her way to jazzercise class saw their truck blocking the lane and stopped to help administer CPR. No one else passed by while they waited for the emergency services.

May 5th

2,000 AEDs Donated in Ontario

May 05, 2008 –BARRIE, Ontario­–The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Restart a Heart, Restart a Life AED Program and the Heart and Stroke Chase McEachern Tribute Fund have reached a significant milestone. The foundation announced Friday 2,000 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been allocated to municipalities across Ontario.

The original goal was to allocate 1,000 in five years, but the foundation surpassed its goal by 100 per cent in just two years. Rocco Rossi, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, said it showed people are working to make Chase McEachern’s dream a reality.

Today is fantastic, and truly is a testament to the power of dreams to overcome any obstacle, and the power of dreams to overcome even death. In particular, the power of a dream of one special young boy,” he said.

May 1st

Florida Bill Protects Employers from Lawsuits

May 1, 2008 –ORLANDO–Florida legislators on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier for businesses that deploy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to get immunity from lawsuits. The measure (SB 564) ensures that an employer who acquires a defibrillator is protected from lawsuits even if it did not provide appropriate training to employees, as long as the device is equipped with audible or visual instructions. The subject of defibrillator immunity gained prominence following the death late last year of a tourist who suffered a heart attack while riding Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both the House and Senate approved the bill unanimously, and it now heads to Gov. Charlie Crist.

April 30th

Still Holding On

Bill Schafer, Ballwin, MO – 67 at time of event (1999)

Bill SchaeferRuthie asked her husband if he could hold on until they reached the gate at O’Hare airport. Bill says that request saved his life. If he had gone to the restroom like he wanted to, Roger, the flight attendant, wouldn’t have been there. Neither would the cardiologist from a nearby hospital. And Stacy, the lovely young and attractive blonde from Iowa, would never have given him the “kiss of life,” (the kiss of a lifetime?)

April 29th

Kane Forest, IL, Preserve to Buy Defibrillators

April 29, 2008 – GENEVA, IL ­– Robert Quinlan was only slightly kidding.

As he introduced the topic of the Kane County Forest Preserve District buying 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) recently, he said, “This is a topic close to my heart, obviously.”

Quinlan has not had to use a defibrillator but said later he does feel a lot of tension in his job as the chief financial officer for the forest commission. And that is just one of the many potential reasons defibrillators could be useful, especially in a forest preserve, where help might not immediately get to someone in distress.

The commission’s utilization committee recommended spending $15,000 through the state purchasing plan to buy 12 AEDs.

“(An AED is) very simple to use," said Commissioner John Fahy, R-West Dundee. “It walks you through it. But people have to get training so they’re not intimidated to use it.”

April 19th

A Parting Gift

Bonnie Stine, Lakeland, FL – 51 at time of event (2006)

Bonnie StineBonnie never knew that she had something wrong with her heart. No one put all the little pieces together. She was often a little out of breath, not exactly in shape, pre-menopausal, and even had a little swelling in her ankles. As a registered nurse, she might have known better, but cardiology was not her specialty. She knew she was overweight, and the two Caesarian sections hadn’t helped.

She consulted a cardiologist who felt there was no physical problem, despite some arrhythmias*. There was also that time long ago when she suffered a concussion. But the dizzy spells didn’t seem to have any pattern or reason. So she sought another opinion. This time, they thought she might have a neurological problem.

April 18th

A Traffic-Stopping Birthday Present

Steve Vanderhelm, Council Bluff, IA – 53 at time of event (2005)

Steve is an avid bike rider. He rides all year round, but in winter the bike never leaves the house. Summer is the best time, when he and his brother-in-law, Ed, regularly ride more than 20 miles through the hills and dales of Pottawattamie County, on the border with Nebraska.

April 17th

The Team Rules, OK!

Kayla Burt, Portland, OR – 20 at time of event (2002)

Kayla BurtIt was New Year’s Eve, and her basketball team was staying over to celebrate. But Kayla never saw the festivities. She had freshly brushed teeth, and a brush with death. Loree Payne, her best friend, watched Kayla fall face down between the bed and the TV—they all thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t.

None of her teammates knew CPR, but they’d seen it on TV. How hard could it be? Someone called 9-1-1, and luckily the operator gave instructions on the correct technique. The EMTs were there within minutes. Kayla is proud that she lived in Seattle. That city is among the best in the country for cardiac arrest survival, chiefly because of their Medic One program.

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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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