Archive - Apr 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Apr 2012 - SCA Article

April 25th

Three and a Half Hours of CPR Bring 29-Year-Old Back to Life

Mooresville, NC--When McDowell County EMS responded to a 7 a.m. call on Jan. 25, they could not have anticipated the sequence of events that would occur.

What unfolded was a near miracle – 3 ½ hours of CPR that gave life to a man on the brink of death.

EMS arrived at the scene to find 29-year-old John Letterman hypothermic and unconscious. En route to The McDowell Hospital, Letterman went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics immediately began CPR and initiated advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols in an attempt to restart Letterman’s heart during a 30-minute drive to the hospital.

“EMS had already been performing CPR in the ambulance for 30 minutes, and once we received him, our hospital staff was waiting and ready to continue,” said Suzanna Berryhill, a staff nurse at The McDowell Hospital.

April 24th

SCA Foundation Announces Jazzy Kick-Off Event for 2012 Highmark 5K Walk

PITTSBURGH--Little E’s jazz club at 949 Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh will be the site of a kick-off event to introduce the newest Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation heroes and call attention to the Foundation’s participation in this year’s Highmark Walk For a Healthy Community on May 19 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Passers-by Vanessa Franco and Ranmal Samarasinghe, two quick-thinking Pitt medical students, helped rescue KDKA TV news anchor Susan Koeppen in November when she suffered sudden cardiac arrest while jogging in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh. Susan will be joining the Foundation's team at the 5K walk. Susan has nominated Vanessa and Ranmal for the Foundation's People Saving People(tm) award.

April 22nd

Pittsburgh EMS Sets Record Revival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

There may be another good reason why Pittsburgh should be considered one of the most liveable cities in the U.S. Add to its high marks in national surveys the fact that sudden cardiac arrest survival rates improved from 5-7% to 16.4% in recent years.

PITTSBURGH--Pittsburgh paramedics have set a city record for the resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest, and now officials are weighing strategies for further boosting the survival rate. 

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said one possibility is encouraging bystanders to start CPR before rescue workers arrive at a call, something believed to have helped Seattle post high resuscitation rates.

April 21st

British Soccer Player: I'm Very Much Alive

Bolton’s Muamba speaks about cardiac arrest for first time: ‘I’m very much alive’

LONDON — English soccer player Fabrice Muamba calls his recovery “more than a miracle” in his first interview since going into cardiac arrest during a match. He still doesn’t know if he will play again.

The Bolton midfielder’s heart stopped beating during last month’s FA Cup match at Tottenham, but he was able to walk out of the hospital earlier this week and return home.

“For 78 minutes I was dead and, even if I lived, was expected to have suffered brain damage,” Muamba told Sunday’s edition of The Sun newspaper. “But I’m very much alive and sitting here talking now. Someone up there was watching over me.”

The 24-year-old Muamba collapsed on the field 41 minutes into the match at White Hart Lane.

April 18th

DC Metro Checking Defibrillators After Man Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Washington, D.C.--Metro is launching a systemwide check of its defibrillators following the death of a man after an apparent heart attack on a Yellow Line train this week.

The device at Pentagon station was insufficiently charged, according to a Metro statement Thursday, and General Manager Richard Sarles ordered the review.

Transit officials planned to complete checks of defibrillators at 46 rail stations that have them by the end of Thursday. The statement said that by the end of April, Metro plans to put defibrillators at kiosks in all 86 stations and to replace units that date from 2000 with “state-of-the-art” devices.”

Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman, said the machine at the Pentagon station was ”an older unit.”

Dick Clark Dies from "Massive Heart Attack"

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with "American Bandstand," and whose trademark "Rockin' Eve" became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack."

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn't long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

April 15th

Fabrice Muamba Discharged from Hospital

LONDON (AP) Fabrice Muamba was discharged Monday from the hospital where the Bolton midfielder had been treated since collapsing from a cardiac arrest during a game less than a month ago.

Muamba had been in the London Chest Hospital since March 17. His heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes while doctors worked to resuscitate him and his prospects of survival were uncertain.

But Muamba recovered remarkably quickly, leaving his bed just nine days after collapsing.

''I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of the staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care,'' Muamba said. ''Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.

Italian Soccer Players Demand Defibrillators at Matches

ROME — The head of Italy's third and fourth division football leagues has threatened to call off matches this weekend unless teams guarantee that they have a defibrillator at their grounds.

Lega Pro president Francesco Ghirelli said he wants clubs to ensure they have the life-saving equipment, after the death last weekend of Livorno's Piermario Morosini, who collapsed during a division two match at Pescara.

"By Thursday we want a written confirmation from the club presidents that as agreed upon at the beginning of the season, there will be a defibrillator at the ground, otherwise there won't be any play on Sunday," Ghirelli said.

Automated external defibrillators (AED) can be crucial in helping to save people's lives by giving an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

April 13th

Italian Soccer Player Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Former Italy Under-21 midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during his team Livorno's Serie B match at Pescara, Italy. He was 25.

Edoardo De Blasio, a cardiologist at Pescara's Santo Spirito hospital, confirmed Morosini's death, saying "unfortunately he was already dead when he arrived at hospital. He didn't regain consciousness."

April 5th

SCA Foundation Announces Opening of Metro DC Affiliate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is proud to announce the opening of an affiliate that will encompass the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

The Metro DC Affiliate of the SCA Foundation is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. The new Metro DC Affiliate will focus on raising awareness, enhancing the SCA Survivor Network, and continuing to spread the word about the importance of early CPR and easy access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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