Archive - Apr 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - Apr 2010 - SCA Article


April 29th

SCA Foundation Gears Up for Pittsburgh Marathon

Project Partner StreetSmart Segway Teams Up with Pittsburgh EMS for Ride-Along

Pittsburgh, Penn. – April 30,
– The Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Foundation, an affiliate charity partner, will participate with a team of
runners, walkers and volunteers in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh
Marathon on Sunday, May 2. The ‘You Can Save a Life’ team will be running in
memory of those lost to sudden cardiac arrest, in honor of hundreds of
survivors, and in the hope of raising awareness to increase survival worldwide.

April 21st

Jennifer Bassett Honored By NAWBO for Volunteer Service

PITTSBURGH--Jennifer Bassett was one of 29 area volunteers recognized by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners during the Tenth Annual Make the Connection Awards Gala on April 21. "Often, it is the hard-working person in the background who never gets (his or her) name in lights or even in a program, who keeps the wheels of a volunteer machine moving," said Jill Kummer, Chapter President. "Strong communities exist because of the thousands of dedicated volunteers and service organizations that support us in so may ways."

Awards were presented by Randy Grossman, former Pittsburgh Steeler. "There is something about Pittsburgh--there is no place nicer. It is a  vibrant community, made more special by its tremendous sense of service and volunteerism."

April 20th

Runner Saved at Boston Marathon

BOSTON -- A man running the Boston Marathon Monday was saved by spectators and fellow athletes after he collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest. Carleton Smith, 64, collapsed and staggered to the ground at the intersection of Beacon and Mountfort streets in Kenmore Square at about 1:20 p.m. The location is less than two miles from the end of the race. Spectators and fellow runners began CPR as a nearby ambulance crew was called.

"That was probably the greatest thing that could have happened to that man when he fell down," said Janell Jimenez of EMS. She and her partner then began to use a defibrillator to resuscitate Smith, who is from Louisiana.

"We were doing CPR and ended up bringing him to the back of the ambulance where we got a pulse and he started breathing on his own," said Jimenez.


SOURCE: The Boston Channel

April 15th

Survivor Nation: The Origins of the SCA Foundation National Survivor Network

So far, at least--few victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survive. The national average still languishes at 7%. Unfortunately, therefore, few people live to tell about their experiences.

We established the National Survivor Network to bring survivors together--to support one another and to help save other lives. The Network was highlighted in the April issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. More:

For more information about the Network, contact Jeremy Whitehead at Jeremy.Whitehead@sca-awareorg.

Raise Awareness About SCA...and Your Organization

Sponsor the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team

PA--Looking for visibility in Pittsburgh or in the running world? Sign up for the "Pittsburgh Presence" sponsorship package and help support the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team. Our team is one of 30 selected charities participating in the DIck's Sporting Goods
Pittsburgh Marathon--the nation's third largest marathon--on Sunday, May 2. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 for the Pittsburgh Marathon component of the Pittsburgh Presence package. Sponsor at a higher level and gain visibility at the SCA Foundation annual awards reception on October 7th and in other SCA Foundation initiatives.

Study Shows Bystander Use of AEDs Saves Lives

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Surge When AEDs Are Used Before EMS Arrival

Pittsburgh, Penn. – April 15, 2010 – Victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who are treated with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by bystanders have a much greater chance of survival than their counterparts, according to landmark research by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

April 13th

Oregon Study Finds Genetic Clue to Fight Sudden Cardiac Death

Dr. Sumeet Chugh of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles started the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study in 2002, when he was based at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. A study tracking Portland-area sudden cardiac arrests has revealed a gene variant that may protect against the unpredictable and deadly problem.

Since 2002, researchers leading the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study have gathered every relevant detail they can find on every case of sudden cardiac arrest that occurs in Multnomah County. In a new analysis, the researchers sequenced the genes of 424 cardiac arrest patients and compared them to sequences from 226 control subjects who had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease but never experienced a cardiac arrest.

Gene Mutation Can Lead to Cardiac Arrest in Epileptics

WASHINGTON — A gene mutation in the brain can trigger irregular heart beat and sudden death in people with epilepsy, according to a study released Tuesday. The research published in The Journal of Neuroscience offers clues as to why people with epilepsy who are otherwise healthy are more than 10 times more likely than the general population to die suddenly and unexpectedly. The research may also help identify people who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and provide improved treatment.

Scientists led by Jeffrey Noebels of the Baylor College of Medicine focused on "abnormal ion channels" in the brain that cause epilepsy and also put individuals at risk for sudden unexplained death. An ion channel is a protein that lets charged particles enter or leave a cell to generate electrical signals, a basic process of nerve cell communication. Noebels and his colleagues found that these channels are also required for proper heart function.

April 12th

Indiana Survivor Thanks IUPUI Natatorium Lifeguards

months ago, Don Weir collapsed in the locker room after going for a swim at the
IUPUI Natatorium. Several lifeguards rushed into action doing CPR and heart
compressions, then shocking his heart with a defibrillator until paramedics
arrived. Weir doesn't
remember the frightening moment. But he says he'll never forget the young men
and women who saved him.

"I was
overwhelmed when I found out what happened. It's taken awhile to recover. First
thing I wanted to do was to get back and thank the kids that saved my

Older Age Associated with Risk of Complications, Death After Implantation of Cardiac Devices

Older patients may
be more likely to die in the hospital following the implantation of
defibrillators or pacemakers, according to a report in the April 12 issue of Archives
of Internal Medicine
, one of the
JAMA/Archives journals. More than one-fifth of cardiac devices appear to be
implanted in individuals age 80 and older, despite the fact that most clinical
trials have not included adults in this age group.

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