Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

October 15th

I Had No Time to React

Patti Farrell, Milwaukee, WI – 61 at time of event (2013)

Patti Farrell and familyPatti Farrell had always been very healthy, but lately had been experiencing increasing shortness of breath and stomach aches. While shopping at Target, the 61-year-old could hardly breathe and the pain was so intense she had to rest in her car. Her daughter-in-law arrived and took Patti to the hospital, where doctors discovered fluid in her lungs and diagnosed Patti with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. 

A Real Sense of Security

Darren Califano, Sanford, FL – 47 at time of event (2012)

Veteran Baseball Umpire Wally Bell Dies at 48

NEW YORK, NY--Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack Monday, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48.

The commissioner's office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio.

Bell had not been feeling well over the weekend and had been scheduled to see doctors later Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.

Bell had quintuple bypass surgery on Feb. 18, 1999, that left him with an 8-inch scar down the middle of his chest. His father survived two heart attacks before he died.

Family Was Always Special To Us, But It's Extra Special Now

Barbara Campbell, Lewisburg, TN – 67 at time of event (2012)

Barbara Campbell & Husband“Family is very important to me. Everyone knows I love family.” For as long as she could remember, 67-year-old Barbara Campbell hosted a weekly Sunday dinner for her four children and six grandchildren. In recent years, the tradition started to take a physical toll. Barbara was constantly exhausted and she would lose her breath just walking across the room. As she was preparing a meal one Sunday, she turned to her husband, Everett and said: “I can’t do this anymore.”

October 12th

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Oscar HijuelosOscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture and became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1989 book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 62.

Mr. Hijuelos collapsed on a tennis court and never regained consciousness, his wife, Lori Marie Carlson, said.

A New Yorker by birth, education and residence, Mr. Hijuelos (pronounced ee-HWAY-los) was said to have been more American-Cuban than Cuban-American.

October 7th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Participates in Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, Hosted by University of Pittsburgh

Nick Gerstel demonstrates CPRPITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation participated yesterday in the fifth annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair and Fan Fest, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Basketball. The community health fair is held in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon's younger sister, who was the head coach of the Army Black Knights women's basketball team.

October 4th

Bystander's Heroic Actions Mean the Difference Between Life and Death for Young Victim, Reports Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

PITTSBURGH, PA--Sue Hostler arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport in late August to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, PA. A frequent business traveler, she knew her way around the airport and ran to get on an elevator in a remote area used for commuter flights. A young man entered the elevator before her, but the doors closed before she could join him. When she hit the “up” button and the doors reopened, she was stunned by what she saw. There he was, face down, not moving, an apparent victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

October 3rd

The Day of Giving is Here. Please Donate Before Midnight.

Experts agreeExperts everywhere agree: There is no better time to give to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation than today, October 3rd from now till 11:59 pm. The Day of Giving is an annual event when The Pittsburgh Foundation matches a portion of all donations made to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
 
Here’s what to do right now:

October 2nd

My Heart Map Seattle Challenge Enlists Public to Find City's Lifesaving Devices

SEATTLE, WA--Seattleites can join in a life-saving scavenger hunt. Players will compete to identify and report the locations of Seattle’s automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, for a cash reward. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000.

AEDs are electronic briefcase-size devices designed to allow bystanders on scene at a medical emergency to help someone who has collapsed with loss of mechanical activity of the heart, or cardiac arrest.

“Our list of AED locations may be incomplete. We are seeking the public’s help to learn where more of these devices are,” said Dr. Graham Nichol, University of Washington professor of medicine in the Center for Pre-Hospital Emergency Care at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center.

September 30th

Study Finds Increase in Survival Following Bystander CPR for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

In Denmark between 2001 and 2010 there was an increase in bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that was associated with an increase in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a study in the October 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest affects approximately 300,000 individuals in North America annually. “Despite efforts to improve prognosis, survival remains low, with aggregated survival-to-discharge rates less than 8 percent.  In many cases, time from recognition of cardiac arrest to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) is long, leaving bystanders in a critical position to potentially influence patient prognosis through intervention before EMS arrival. However, only a minority of cardiac arrests receive bystander CPR,” according to background information in the article.

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