Archive - Aug 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Aug 2012 - SCA Article


August 30th

Sage Stallone: Was It Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Coroner's Report Rules Death from Heart Attack*

Sage Stallone's cause of death has been the subject of scrutiny and investigation since he was found dead in his home on July 13, but now TMZ has obtained the L.A. County Coroner's report which states the 36-year-old actor died from a heart attack.

Coroner Chief Craig Harvey told the Los Angeles Times that Stallone died of natural causes and the toxicology test came back "negative except for a sub-therapeutic level of hydrocodone," -- though the drug played no role in his death.

According to Harvey, Sage was a heavy smoker and the habit likely helped contribute to his death, as smoking is one of the chief causes of heart disease due to elevated blood pressure, increasing the risk of clots.

Discover Your Peers and Find Support at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a new online community for sudden cardiac arrest survivors, people who have lost someone to SCA, their families, and other advocates. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network™ is a virtual meeting place where members can find support and information and "pay it forward."

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) -- A new online community for people affected by sudden cardiac arrest—the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network™ —has been launched by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The Network is targeted to survivors, people who lost a loved one to the deadly condition, and other community health advocates.

August 28th

SCA Foundation Website Named One of Top Five Online Destinations for Cardiac Information

SCA Foundation Joins Better Homes and Gardens as a 2012 Winner

Best Cardiac & Heart SiteThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation website,, has been named one of five "Best of Cardiac & Heart Sites" by Pacific Medical Training (PMT), an online medical training company. PMT reviewed hundreds of cardiac websites before naming the five 2012 winners.

August 27th

Sudden Death Less Likely During or After Exercise

People whose hearts stop functioning during or shortly after exercising are three times more likely to survive than those who have cardiac arrest unrelated to working out, researchers said.

The Amsterdam Resuscitation Study looked at 2,517 cardiac arrest cases in the Dutch capital’s greater metropolitan area over a three-year period. Scientists found 145 of the patients were exercising during or within one hour of cardiac arrest and were mostly biking, playing tennis, working out at a gym or swimming, according to the research presented today at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich.

Back from the Brink: A Vest that Can Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH--Last spring Jack Neilson survived sudden cardiac arrests one month apart, inspiring his recent visit to an O'Hara company with gratitude for saving his life during the second brush with death.

The first one -- a right-place-right-time circumstance -- occurred in an Elk County emergency room, where a defibrillator was used to resuscitate him.

The second time he was inside his Johnsonburg, Elk County, home -- a place where odds are high that a person won't survive a cardiac arrest because few homes have defibrillators or people trained to use them.

August 23rd

ICDs Boosted Survival in Real World Trial

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--Real-world primary prevention using implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) conferred a significant survival benefit for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, Canadian researchers found.

Among patients who had an ICD placed, the hazard ratio for all-cause mortality was 0.46, according to Ratika Parkash, MD, from the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and colleagues.

In addition, after adjustment for factors such as age, drug therapies, ejection fraction, and propensity score, a significant difference in mortality remained, the researchers reported in the August issue of Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

August 22nd

Major League Umpire, Singing Stayin' Alive, Helps Save Woman's Life

PHOENIX -- Jim Joyce's timing could not have been better. In fact, it was lifesaving. The veteran Major League umpire performed CPR on Diamondbacks food service employee Jayne Powers prior to the D-backs-Marlins game on Monday night.

Nearly One in Three Survives SCA in London

London has the best cardiac arrest survival rate in England, newly-released figures suggest. During 2011-12, the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in London was 31.7% - a figure that includes footballer Fabrice Muamba's case. That compares with second placed East of England with 24.4% and a low of 10.8% in the South Central region. It is the first time all emergency medical services (EMS) in England have measured the survival rate. The figures were submitted to the Department of Health for collation.

August 15th

SCA Survivor Fabrice Muamba to Retire from Soccer

BOLTON, England –  Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba retired from soccer Wednesday after suffering an on-field cardiac arrest in March during an FA Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham.

Muamba travelled to Belgium last week to seek medical advice from a cardiologist after consultations in Britain and Europe, and was advised to retire from playing at the professional level.

"While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for," Muamba said. "I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me."

Muamba collapsed to the field in north London on March 17. Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist who was in the stands, rushed on to the field to help treat him.

Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes, but started again after arriving at the London Chest Hospital. He was discharged on April 16.

August 10th

Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Create a Short Video for a Chance to Win an AED

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and use of automated external defibrillators to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Entries for the "ECCU 2012" Video Minute" Contest are due August 17. The winner will be announced at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in Orlando on September 15.

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