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May 18th

King County, WA, Has World's Highest Survival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

King County EMS Cardiac Arrest SurvivalSEATTLE, WA--Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013.[1] By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago, and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

May 17th

Man in Cardiac Arrest at Heart Walk Saved by Cardiologists

PORTLAND, OR--Two very qualified bystanders saved a man who went into cardiac arrest while taking part in a charity walk for heart health in Oregon.

The man was given CPR by two cardiologists as he took part in the Portland Heart and Stroke Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association on Saturday.

In the middle of the walk, the man apparently collapsed from cardiac arrest and, immediately, bystanders sprung into action to perform CPR.

Dr. Brad Evans, a cardiologist at Adventist Heart Northwest Regional Health, was on the walk with his wife when he saw a man on the ground getting CPR from bystanders.

"At first, I thought this is interesting they're teaching CPR on the heart walk," Evans said.

Then, he realized the man was in distress and offered to help lead the CPR.

May 12th

Regulatory Rhythm Likely Changing for AED Manufacturers

A year ago, manufacturers of automated external defibrillators and groups that promote use of the life-saving equipment in schools, fitness centers and other public facilities asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reconsider a controversial proposal to make the process for getting the devices on the market more stringent — and as a consequence more costly — after a number of malfunctions and recalls. 

While the proposed order has not yet been finalized, some companies are preparing for when — not if — the new regulations will take effect. 

May 8th

Help Raise Awareness: Walk the Walk on May 17

2013 TeamPITTSBURGH, PA--You're invited to join or support our team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 17, on Pittsburgh's North Shore. The Walk is a fundraiser that benefits health and human service organizations based in Central Pennsylvania. It is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, which underwrites the costs of the Walk so that 100 percent of funds raised by walkers and sponsors support the 69 participating organizations, including the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. There is no registration fee, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds to an organization of their choice.

May 6th

Dispatcher-Assisted CPR Increases Survival Among Children

DALLAS, TX--A new study suggests the chances children will survive cardiac arrest are increased when emergency dispatchers give bystanders instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition, survivors were more likely to have good brain function if they received dispatcher-assisted bystander CPR.
The study, published online in the April 30, 2014, Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed over 5,000 cases in which children (infants to age 18) received CPR after suffering cardiac arrest in the home or a public place. Approximately 2,000 received bystander CPR with instructions from a dispatcher, whereas about 700 received CPR without dispatcher assistance. Nearly 2,300 children received no bystander CPR.

California High Court Appears Reluctant to Force Retailers to Have AEDs in Stores

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- The California Supreme Court appeared reluctant Tuesday to require large retailers to keep a defibrillator in stores in case customers suffer cardiac arrest.

During arguments involving a lawsuit against Target in the death of a customer, Justice Marvin Baxter asked how a store clerk would know a customer was suffering cardiac arrest and whether the device could be inappropriately used and cause more harm to a shopper suffering another ailment.

"It may very well be that the good intentions could backfire and do more harm than good," Baxter said.

The six other justices on the court had similar concerns and tough questions for lawyers representing the family of 49-year-old Mary Ann Verdugo in a wrongful death lawsuit against Target.

California Top Court to Decide Defibrillator Issue

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Mary Ann Verdugo, 49, was shopping with her mother in a Southern California Target store when she collapsed in the jewelry department and died there of a sudden cardiac arrest before paramedics arrived.

Target officials extended their condolences to the Verdugo family, calling the incident an unfortunate but unpreventable tragedy. The family disagreed and filed a wrongful--death lawsuit, arguing that Target should have had a device called an automatic external defibrillator on hand and a worker trained to use it to jolt Verdugo's heart back to beating.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court takes up the issue of whether Target and other large retailers in the state are required to have defibrillators ready to use on stricken customers.

Today's the Day!

2014 Day of GivingDo you know anyone who experienced sudden cardiac arrest? You are not alone. SCA affects more than 1,000 people every day in the U.S., including 26 children. On average, only 10 percent of victims survive. Yet when victims receive immediate CPR and treatment with defibrillators, survival rates jump to 40 percent.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, is working tirelessly to help raise awareness about SCA and improve survival rates. The Foundation was recently named a top-rated community benefit organization by Great Nonprofits, which showcases trustworthy nonprofits.

April 30th

Can You Survive When Your Heart Just Stops?

Sudden chest pain isn't something you're likely to ignore. This symptom—along with breathlessness, cold sweats and other classic heart attack symptoms—is a clear sign that you need to call 911.

While a possible heart attack is scary enough, the reality actually could be even worse. With sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), brain damage is almost certain unless you are treated within just a few minutes. And unlike a heart attack, which many people survive, SCA is almost always fatal. But what if that grim picture could be improved?

A chance of survival: New research suggests that paying close attention to early signs that may precede SCA—as well as being prepared in your home, where this killer condition most often strikes—could mean the difference between life and death...

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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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