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January 25th

Labor Day Miracles

My name is Amy Jones.  I am 37 years old.  September 7, 2009 was the day my life changed forever. The first part of my story will be told from the recollection of others – the story may be incomplete because my husband, who is a major part in this story, does not like to talk about this. It is simply too painful. It is easier for me because I don't remember. I am almost a third party to the entire experience.

Pharmacological Fright

Michelle Bychowsky, Hoboken, NJ – 34 at time of event (2008)

Michelle Bychowsky

Michelle works for Novartis, she trained as a pharmacist, and now manages the drug supply for investigational trials. She was presenting during a meeting on that Wednesday, when she fell forward onto the table in front of her. 911 was called and several colleagues, who were also EMTs, hurried over to assist.
"I'd never met [them before] but now I keep in touch with them," she said.

Ewy's Mission: Saving Lives Using Continuous Chest Compressions

International resuscitation experts to consider recommending this protocol during meeting next week in Dallas

TUCSON, Ariz.–For more than two decades, Dr. Gordon Ewy
has been on a crusade to change the way people are treated for sudden cardiac
arrest, a leading cause of death in the nation.

Methodist University Hospital Expands Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia for SCA Survivors

MEMPHIS–A “cool” new treatment is responsible for saving the
life of 63-year-old Isaac Turner last December. “It saved him, no question,” said Bruce
Wilson, M.D., a cardiologist with Methodist University Hospital. Methodist
is the first hospital in West Tennessee to offer
therapeutic cooling therapy for cardiac arrest patients who meet particular


Methodist plans to implement cooling therapy in its other
three adult hospitals in the Memphis area, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown
Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, and Methodist South Hospital. All four
hospitals are certified chest pain centers which brings high-level cardiac care
to patients in all corners of our community which is vitally important when
treating heart attacks.

January 23rd

NFL May Mandate Heart Ultrasounds

CHICAGO–In the wake of
Gaines Adams' death of a cardiac arrest Jan. 17, the National Football League (NFL) may mandate an
ultrasound of the heart at next month's NFL Combine. But NFL Players
Association medical director Thom Mayer warned the decision would not be an
indication of regret and insisted the use of echocardiograms have been
discussed for several years.

"It takes my
breath away," Mayer told the Sun-Times when asked about Adams' death.
"I've got kids of my own, his age, so anytime you hear that one of your
own is gone, it's devastating.

"But it
doesn't mean it was a mistake (not to mandate echocardiograms) up to this

January 17th

HCM Often Goes Undected Until the First Symptom: Sudden Death

Newswise — The tragic news of Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines
Adams, 26, and Southern Indiana center Jeron Lewis, 21, whose sudden deaths are
both suspected to be from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), are vital
reminders that this deadly disease often goes undetected.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic disease which
results in a thickening of the heart muscle, is the leading cause of sudden
death in children and young adults. It accounts for 40 percent of all deaths on
athletic playing fields across the country.

Chicago Bears Loses Gaines Adams to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The 26-year-old defensive end
for the Chicago Bears, Gaines Adams, died on Sunday, January 17, of
cardiac arrest resulting from an enlarged heart, according to Greenwood
County, South Carolina chief deputy coroner Marcia Kelley-Clark, as
reported in the Chicago Tribune. Drug use was not suspected to be a factor in Adams’ death, although toxicology tests are being conducted.

The death of Gaines Adams comes just one month after Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver Chris Henry died after falling out of the back of a pickup truck. Henry also was only 26 years old.

January 14th

Southern Indiana Basketball Player Jeron Lewis Dies on Court

Autopsy suggests enlarged heart

January 11th

Study Reveals Gene Variations that Increase Vulnerability to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Researchers have found nine new gene
variations that can make a person vulnerable to sudden cardiac death and
confirmed the role of another, international researchers said on Sunday.

"Almost half were surprising new genes that no one would
have guessed as being involved in cardiac biology," said Dan Arking of
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, whose team was one of many working
on the study in the journal Nature Genetics.

Last month, Arking's group reported in the journal Circulation
that it had found a single gene that raises the risk of cardiac death. The new
study identifies that gene plus nine new ones that modify the timing of heart
contractions, a measure known as the QT interval.

January 7th

SCA Foundation Announces First Virtual Affiliate

Phoenix, Arizona – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced today the first virtual affiliate of its National Survivor Network™ at the National Association of EMS Physicians annual conference. The affiliate will help to localize global awareness efforts and mobilize advocates to extend the Foundation’s mission.

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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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