Archive - May 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - May 2013 - SCA Article


May 28th

Vigorous Athletic Activity Is Safe With ICDs

Yale researchers report ICD Sports Safety Registry results. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation was acknowledged in the published report for its assistance with dissemination of information about the study to sudden cardiac arrest survivors. 

CPR, AED and Mild Cooling Save SCA Victim at Workplace

LEXINGTON, KY--On Feb. 11, Richard Klotz's evening work shift began like any other. The 57-year-old Mount Sterling resident  took his shift break shortly before 9 p.m. After that Klotz doesn't recall what happened -- but his coworkers do.  As his break was ending, Klotz suffered cardiac arrest and dropped to the floor.

Turns out, Klotz was lucky to be at work when his cardiac arrest happened. Within seconds, his work team sprang into action, grabbing the automated external defibrillator (AED) and performing a constant cycle of CPR/defibrillation until the paramedics arrived. It was the first of several unique medical interventions that helped save Klotz's life.

May 24th

A Trip to the Promised Land Results in a Promise

Zachary Gingold, Los Angeles, CA – 14 at time of event (2009)

Zachary Gingold I was fourteen at the time, on a trip to Israel with my family celebrating my sister’s Bat Mitzvah. It was supposed to be a wonderful excursion for everyone, a two-week experience of a lifetime in the holiest of places when tragedy struck. I could hear my heart beat pounding in my ears and it felt as if everyone around me could hear it too. Feeling quite ill, I knew something was wrong.

Proud To Be A Mom

Amanda Haynes, Bedford, TX – 26 at time of event (2008)

 Amanda Haynes My name is Amanda. I was pregnant with my second child. The whole pregnancy was normal and I had a scheduled C-section due to my first being a failure to progress. I don't remember much at the hospital, but as I was told the delivery was fine. I was in recovery and the nurse checked my vitals and left the room. I was talking and laughing, took a sip of juice, and then fell over.

May 22nd

Olson Introduces Good Samaritan AED Bill

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds initiative to amend the Public Health Service Act to clarify liability protections regarding emergency use of automated external defibrillators.

WASHINGTON, DC--Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today introduced H.R. 2135, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act. Olson’s bill will help increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by eliminating the threat of frivolous lawsuits through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) while attempting to save a life during a medical emergency. Original co-sponsors include: Reps. Pete Gallego (D-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Andy Harris (R-MD) Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

May 20th

High School Staff Honored for Saving Pregnant Teacher

HOUSTON, TX--When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth and then was brought back to life.

Erica Nigrelli, 32, an English teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

"Apparently I told her, 'I feel very faint,' and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out," Erica Nigrelli said.

Erica's husband, Nathan, is also a teacher at Elkins.

"I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor," he said.

Erica Nigrelli's heart had stopped. Some co-workers started CPR and used a defibrillator to get it working again. They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.

May 16th

Self-Reported CPR Training Doesn't Mean Better CPR Performance

CINCINNATI, OH--In a study of visitors to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center emergency department, researchers found that adults who said they had been trained to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed no better in several important CPR measures than those who said they’d never had training. 

May 15th

A Rude Awakening

Kim Mendes, Charlotte, NC – 46 at time of event (2013)

Kim is an early riser. The alarm wakes her at 4:30am but she does like a little snooze before getting out of bed. This one time the snooze went longer than normal. Arnesto her husband heard a strange sound, he called out "Binky?", but when he looked over he saw Kim had her tongue between her teeth and wasn't breathing.

Who Knew She Was Out For a Walk?

Julie Stone, Des Moines, IA – 54 at time of event (2012)

Julie Stone

Life can be stressful, and we all have ways to relieve it. For Julie the choice was not obviously dangerous, how could it be? iPod and sneakers, pounding the pavement in the local neighborhood and she went down. Face down that is, just a block from her home. The neighbors were shocked to see it happen and especially when they realized Julie had no pulse, and no breaths. But, they immediately called 9-1-1.

Raising Awareness about the Nation's Leading Killer: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Annual incidence of death from selected causesThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization, will participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 18 in Pittsburgh, PA, to raise awareness about the nation’s leading cause of death and help save lives. Survivors and families affected by sudden cardiac death are urged to join or support the team here.

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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