Archive - May 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - May 2012 - SCA Article

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Two Contests in Recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week

To recognize National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The prize for first place in each contest is an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Pittsburgh, PA (PR WEB)--In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the nation's leading cause of death.

May 30th

Citizen CPR Foundation Partners with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at ECCU Conference, Sept. 11-15

Three national nonprofit organizations announce a partnership designed to attract the largest gathering of sudden cardiac arrest survivors and rescuers ever attempted.

Orlando, FLA (PR WEB)--In preparation for National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7, 2012), the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) announces today its partnership with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCA FDN) for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference, to be held September 11-15th, 2012 in Orlando.

May 24th

Susan's Team Efforts to Raise Awareness Was a Walk (Around) the Park

Susan Koeppen and members of the SCA FDN teamPITTSBURGH, PA--Despite the bright sunlight starting to pop up in the eastern sky, the morning was still brisk when Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation volunteer techie Amanda Seagle arrived at the group’s tent at 6:10 a.m. to get ready for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 19. By the time other walkers and volunteers arrived for the 5K event, Amanda’s jacket was slung over a folding chair, a concession to temperatures that would rise to a pleasant mid-60's level by the time the walk began.

May 22nd

Study Identifies Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiac Death in Men

The risk of sudden cardiac death is higher in men whose electrical impulses travel more slowly through the lower chambers of the heart, a new study indicates.

Electrical impulses travel through the heart and cause it to pump blood through its four chambers. The impulses, or waves, have distinct patterns and can be measured using an electrocardiogram (ECG). The waves traveling through the heart's lower chambers (ventricles) are shown on the ECG as the "QRS" complex.

In the new study, more than 2,000 Finnish men, aged 42 to 60, were followed for 19 years. During that time, 156 of the men died from sudden cardiac death, in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

May 18th

A Nightmare For Thanksgiving?

Kathie Reilly, Flagstaff, AZ – 33 at time of event (2008)

Kathie Reilly What started as a normal Tuesday evening became a nightmare before the night was out. Kathie and her husband went to bed, watched bit of FoodNetwork TV and chatted about the day. Around 10:30 pm Scott woke to an odd sound. Kathie doesn’t snore, but she was making strange noises, and yet she appeared asleep. She did not seem conscious at all, and wasn't breathing. As a Flagstaff Sheriff’s deputy he was trained as a first-responder, so he tried a sternum rub to wake Kathie up—to no effect.

May 16th

FDA Investigating Safety of Z-Pak After Study Links Antibiotic to Increased Risk of Sudden Death

The U.S Food and Drug Administration is investigating the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as Z-Pak, after a study linked the drug to an increased risk of death.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found patients prescribed Z-Pak were more likely to die than those prescribed amoxicillin, another antibiotic. The results were especially pronounced for those who died of  heart attacks, strokes, sudden cardiac death and other cardiovascular causes.

Last year, doctors wrote 55.3 million prescriptions for Z-Pak, according to IMS Health. Like the popular antibiotic amoxicillin, azithromycin is commonly prescribed to help fight off bacterial infections. But while they are often prescribed for similar conditions, the two drugs work differently from each other.

TV News Anchor and Survivor Susan Koeppen Will Walk to Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Susan Koeppen, 39, survived sudden cardiac arrest last November, thanks to immediate intervention by bystanders with CPR and use of a defibrillator by EMS. She aims to raise awareness by walking in a 5K to benefit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national community benefit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and save lives.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB)--KDKA TV News anchor, Susan Koeppen, will be leading this year’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The 5K walk will be held on Saturday May 19, starting at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore at 9:00 am.

May 14th

UB Study Finds Method that May Predict Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk

BUFFALO, NY--Research by University of Buffalo (UB) cardiologists suggests that imaging for loss of nerve function in the heart may help identify patients who are at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest and therefore most likely to benefit from an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). ICDs are used to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in patients with advanced heart disease.

“Since many patients who suffer a cardiac arrest do not have severely depressed heart function, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging may be able to identify high-risk individuals who could be considered candidates for an ICD,” says John M. Canty Jr., MD, Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine, and the study’s principal investigator.

Largest Ever PET Study on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Athlete's Sudden Deaths Expose Big Knowledge Gaps

When London marathon medical director Sanjay Sharma was called to attend someone who had collapsed with suspected cardiac arrest a mile from the finish line last month, he expected to find a man in his seventies.

"I had to hide my horror as I saw a young, athletic woman," he says. "I had to... compose myself for a few seconds before we started resuscitation."

Lying on the ground was 30-year-old Claire Squires, whose sudden death, along with those of Italian footballer Piermario Morosini and Norwegian Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, has drawn fresh attention to shocking heart problems that bring down young, fit people at the top of their game.

The case of English Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch in front of a stadium packed with spectators last month, has similarly focused minds.

May 10th

KDKA's Susan Koeppen Will Walk to Save Lives

Pittsburgh--KDKA TV News anchor, Susan Koeppen, will be leading this year’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The 5K walk will be held on May 19, starting at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore at 9:00 am.

Susan, herself a survivor of cardiac arrest, will be there to call attention to the need for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at all locations where people gather, and to stress importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the event of cardiac emergencies in the home, school, workplace and recreation areas. She will be joined by other survivors—and families who have lost someone to sudden cardiac death.

While only eight percent of SCA victims (382,500 annually) survive the event, 38 percent of victims could be saved if they were treated in a timely, effective manner. Survival rates in Pittsburgh reflect the national statistics.

Mission & Vision

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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