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July 28th

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Link Between LQTS and Seizures

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently discovered a genetic link between Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a rare cardiac rhythm disease, and an increased risk for seizures. The study also found that people with LQTS who experience seizures are at greater risk of sudden cardiac death.

According to research published in the July 2016, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, there is a clear association between the heart and the brain of LQTS patients. Patients carrying LQTS genetic mutations were three times more likely to have experienced seizures in their past, compared to their family members who did not carry those mutations. Interestingly, LQTS patients who had a history of seizures also tended to have worse cardiac symptoms.

July 21st

Survivor Video to be Shown on Big Screen at Pittsburgh Premiere of Superior

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be partnering with Beyond the Porch Productions on the Pennsylvania premiere of the award-winning Superior on August 31 in Pittsburgh. Superior is the first feature film by Edd Benda and Alex Bell, recent graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It is Edd’s debut as a writer, director and producer.

Bubble-Teers Needed

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been selected as one of two nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the BUBBLE RUN™ in Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 27th. The Foundation will have a table at the event and will provide CPR-AED demos.

According to organizers, the 5K BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across three miles of absolute fun! Waves start every three to five minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover participants from head to toe.

July 20th

Triathlete Survives 45 Minutes Without a Pulse

A man who could be described as the picture of health suffered a heart attack out of the blue, his heart actually stopping for 45 minutes; but miraculously, he survived. Medical personnel from Doctor's Regional Medical Center performed CPR the entire time, even when the outlook seemed bleak.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX--46-year old Doug Commons said he did not see a light at the end of the tunnel or have an out of body experience, but his heart did stop beating for almost an hour. He and his family were at church Sunday, just two minutes from the hospital, when Commons began to sweat profusely and could not breathe.

1,000 AEDs for 1,000 Restaurants: Firehouse Subs® Celebrates Milestone Opening with $1 Million Donation for Life-Saving Initiative

JACKSONVILLE, FL--In 1994, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen opened the doors of the first Firehouse Subs restaurant in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

National Academies of Sciences Workshop Explores Ways to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

PITTSBURGH, PA--Amid enormous city-by-city variations in cardiac arrest survival rates, turning “bystanders” into “actors” who are willing to start CPR before rescuers arrive is key to saving more lives, scientific experts said at a recent workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington.

July 15th

Inspirational Video from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Featuring Survivors and Loved Ones, Urges the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use Defibrillators

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation , in partnership with BuddyCPR, has released a new three-minute video aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the critical role of bystanders in saving lives. The video was launched this week at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

July 7th

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Announce Launch of Lifesaving Smartphone Application

City beginning CPR training initiative and introducing AED registration ordinance.

PITTSBURGH, PA--Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman today announced initiatives to improve public safety services and empower residents to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The press event, which also included partners from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, announced the launch of PulsePoint Response, a smartphone application to alert CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR.

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