Archive - Oct 2011 - SCA Article

Archive - Oct 2011 - SCA Article


Coalition of 50 Organizations Takes a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Washington, DC--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC), in cooperation with the Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus, hosted “Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” a two-hour event teaching the basics of Hands-Only CPR and use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer on Capitol Hill.

The Coalition is comprised of 50 non-profit organizations with a common interest in preventing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The event featured four, concurrent-training sessions on CPR and AED use and recognized legislators for their important work raising awareness of SCA.

October 26th

Washington State Senator Scott White Dies Suddenly From Cardiac Arrest

​Less than 24 hours before state Sen. Scott White was found dead in a Cle Elum hotel room, friends of his say he was out with them "in a great mood like he always is."

Police quickly ruled out foul play in the originally-mysterious death, and then late on Sunday the Kittitas County Coroner's Office announced that White had died of a "cardiac event" due to an enlarged heart.

As the AP and others have reported White, 41, was found dead at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum by housekeepers after he failed to check out on Friday. He'd been in town for a leadership conference hosted by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Randy Hodgins, vice president of external affairs at the University of Washington, is quoted saying the Senator was in high spirits the night beforehand.

White, married with two children, represented the 46th District in North Seattle.

October 14th

Six-Year-Old SCA Victim Saved at School

SPANISH FORK — The 6-year-old boy who collapsed and nearly died at a Spanish Fork elementary school Thursday is recovering in the hospital. His parents say he had no prior history of heart problems, and they're grateful a responding police officer was carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED).

October 13th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition Issues a Call to Action

NOTE: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition has been disbanded.

Bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 50-member Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition urges public to learn CPR and how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and recognizes Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) for introducing the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act, and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) for saving a life. Survivors Liz Pearlman, David Belkin, Esq. and Pam Borins provide testimonials.

Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

October 11th

PREVENT SCD Trial Supports Use of MTWA Test as Predictor of Sudden Cardiac Death

Results of the PREVENT - SCD Trial Published in Clinical Research in Cardiology

TEWKSBURY, Mass.-- Cambridge Heart, Inc. (OTCBB: CAMH), a developer of non-invasive diagnostic tests for cardiac disease, today announced that results of the PREVENT-SCD trial, published in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology, reinforce the value of the Microvolt T-Wave AlternansTM (MTWA) test in identifying patients at risk of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Preliminary results of the study were originally presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in 2009.

October 10th

35-Year-Old Firefighter Dies While Running in Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO -- A 35-year-old North Carolina firefighter who was running for charity died Sunday after collapsing during the Chicago Marathon.

Greensboro Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Hunter said that William Caviness was running to raise money to help burn victims, but declined to talk further. He did read a statement from Chief Gregory Grayson. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Caviness family in this tremendous loss of Capt. Will Caviness. The Greensboro Fire Department family is grieving this great loss and will strive to support the family through this difficult time."

Hunter said that the department would not have anything further to say until Monday, after talking to the Caviness family.

October 6th

Two Texas Teachers Save a Life

Seventh-grader Kylee Shea collapsed in the hall of her Dallas-area school and could be dead or brain-damaged today if not for two quick-thinking teachers who revived her with CPR and a defibrillator. 

A Dallas-area seventh-grader survived a literally heart-stopping crisis virtually unscathed thanks to two quick-thinking, well-trained schoolteachers.

Kristen Goodgion and Brent Reese, teachers at Maus Middle School in Frisco, Texas, rushed within seconds to the aid of 12-year-old Kylee Shea after she crumpled in a school hallway Sept. 26. While Reese performed CPR, Goodgion fetched the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED). They used the machine’s paddles to kick-start Kylee’s heart in a dramatic rescue caught on the school’s surveillance cameras.

October 4th

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Study: MRIs Safe for ICD Patients

Fewer than 1% of patients with implanted cardiac devices encountered device-related problems during MRI, suggesting the imaging technique can be used safely in selected patients with implanted devices, investigators reported.

In three of 438 patients (0.3%), MRI triggered back-up programming mode in implanted devices. Right ventricular sensing and atrial and ventricular lead impedance values declined immediately after MRI. Long-term follow-up revealed decreased right ventricular sensing and lead impedance, increased right ventricular capture, and reduced battery voltage.

None of the changes required revision or replacement of an implanted device, as reported in the October issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Receives the GuideStar Exchange Seal as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

GuideStar SealPittsburgh--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today received the GuideStar Exchange Seal, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. The Seal demonstrates to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's vast support-base our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

"We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents," said Mary Newman, President. "As a GuideStar Exchange member, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media."

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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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