Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

November 14th

Back From the Dead

Survivor Wayne Demydowich, second from leftThe secret to high survival rates in Rochester, MN, is teamwork, according to Dr. Roger White

ROCHESTER, MN--In a health crisis, the difference between life and death can depend on where catastrophe strikes -- but there is one Minnesota town that leads the nation when it comes to saving people from sudden cardiac arrest.

Wayne Demydowich is a veteran distance runner, and the 13-mile run on a damp morning with a teeth-chattering chill would span a punishing 3 hours that would put tremendous stress on his heart.

November 12th

ACC/AHA Release New Guideline for Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

Broader assessment may improve identification of at-risk patients, focus prevention strategies

DALLAS, TX--The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released a new clinical practice guideline to help primary care clinicians better identify adults who may be at high risk for developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, potentially serious cardiovascular conditions caused by atherosclerosis, and who thus may benefit from lifestyle changes or drug therapy to help prevent it.

Atherosclerosis is a buildup of plaque that can eventually harden and narrow the arteries, potentially leading to heart attack and stroke.

November 7th

New Money for Cardiac Care in the Dakotas

PIERRE, SD--Charitable grants will provide South Dakota and North Dakota hospitals and ambulance services with new lifesaving equipment to increase survival rates in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, officials said Friday.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the Helmsley Charitable Trust is providing $3.7 million in South Dakota to buy the automated chest compression equipment, known as the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System, which will be placed in all 50 hospitals and 124 ambulance services in the state.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Joins #Giving Tuesday

November 6th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit

New Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

November 4th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes: Q & A with Dr. Jonathan Drezner

Dr. Jonathan DreznerIt’s every parent’s and coach’s worst nightmare: A young athlete suddenly collapses and lies unresponsive on the playing field.

Assume it’s sudden cardiac arrest until you know otherwise, said Dr. Jonathan Drezner, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the USA Football Medical Advisory Committee.

Concussions tend to get the headlines, but sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death for youth and teen athletes during sports.

With proper preparation and training, Drezner said school and league administrators can greatly reduce tragic outcomes when an incident occurs.

November 3rd

Man's Life Saved By Wearable Defibrillator

DES MOINES, IA--Darl Reed was lucky to make it to the hospital during a heart attack in July, but even more fortunate to be wearing a LifeVest five days later when the protective device detected an abnormal heart rhythm and delivered a shock that saved his life.

Reed thought he’d pulled a muscle when he suffered a heart attack that began while boating at Rathbun Lake in July.

“I didn’t think I was having a heart attack at first because my impression of a heart attack was that you grab your chest and fall over. I was a little short of breath and felt a little pain in the center of the chest,” said Reed, 51, of Rhodes, Ia.

Despite the pain, he loaded his boat on a trailer and began driving to Des Moines. When the pain progressively worsened and he broke out in a cold sweat, he set the GPS to Lucas County Health Center and told his girlfriend, Flora Sasa, to drive there.

October 31st

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Verdugo vs. Target Case

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has filed an amicus curiae brief in the California Supreme Court case of Michael Verdugo vs. Target Corporation (Case No. S207313). In addition, David Belkin, a cardiac arrest survivor and member of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, filed a related affidavit. Following is the text of the brief and affidavit.

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Plaintiffs and Appellants


By way of background information, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. About 1,000 people (359,400 annually) experience SCA outside hospitals each day, and, on average, only 10 percent of victims survive.[i]

SCA Foundation Urges HHS to Require FDA to Provide Rationale for its Proposal to Increase Regulations of AEDs

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has written to U.S. Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, asking her to request that the Food and Drug Administration provide a public health rationale for its proposal to increase regulations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Following is the text of the letter.

Letter from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Re: Request to HHS to require the FDA to provide an evidence-based justification for its proposal to increase in regulations related to automated external defibrillators

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

Study: Begin Cooling After Cardiac Arrest Within Six Hours of Resuscitation

CHICAGO, IL--There's no difference in neurologic outcomes or survival--as long as cardiac arrest patients are started on therapeutic hypothermia within six hours of being revived, researchers said here.

In a single-center study, those who were started on hypothermia within two hours had similar Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) scores -- a measure of neurologic outcomes -- and similar survival to those whose bodies were cooled more than two hours after they'd been revived, according to Said Chaaban, MD, of Kansas University School Of Medicine in Wichita and colleagues.

But those who were cooled sooner did have a significantly shorter length of stay in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU), Chaaban reported during a poster session at the CHEST meeting.

"It's just a retrospective review, but if these findings are true, it could mean a huge decrease in medical expenses and comorbidities," Chaaban said.

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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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