Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

October 17th

MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors

MRI-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology.

OAKBROOK, IL--Cardiac arrest, or abrupt loss in heart function, is a common and often deadly occurrence that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States alone, according to the American Heart Association. Many patients who survive end up with severe neurological disabilities, as the temporary loss of oxygenated blood flow to the brain can result in widespread neuronal cell death.

October 16th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Named an Official National Charity in the 2017 OPM’s Combined Federal Campaign

Federal employees and retirees may choose the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (CFC# 87197) when they make one-time gifts or choose payroll deductions beginning in October.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has approved the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation as an official nonprofit organization in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through the Heart & Health Charities federation.

October 15th

Scottish Ambulance Service Reports Rise in Successful Resuscitations from Cardiac Arrest

World class’results for Scotland show innovative new approaches are working.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--There has been a rise in the number of people who are being successfully resuscitated following a cardiac arrest in Scotland according to new figures.

Latest Scottish Ambulance Service statistics show that, on average, 66 per cent of patients suffering a witnessed cardiac arrest by ambulance crews were successfully resuscitated and alive on arrival at hospital over the last six months.

The figures, released ahead of this year’s ‘Restart a Heart Day’, follow a number of innovative new approaches brought in by the Scottish Ambulance Service over the last year.

October 12th

SCA Survivors Are Invited to Nominate Their Rescuers for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and cardiac arrest survivors across the country are undoubtedly celebrating the fact that thanks to people who happened to be nearby and took immediate action, they defied the odds and survived sudden cardiac death.

October 10th

Mitochondrial DNA Could Predict Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, Heart Disease

New studies add to evidence of link between mitochondrial DNA copy number and risk for cardiovascular disease

October 5th

Taking Hockey to Heart

Spectators experienced significantly elevated heart rates, equivalent to rates with vigorous exercise, while watching hockey games live or on TV, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology

October 4th

Low Serum Calcium May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Findings of a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings have potential implications for mechanisms as well as prevention of SCA

October 3rd

October Officially Designated National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

The federal government has just named October “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month,” an official national observance. A coalition of nonprofit organizations working to prevent and treat sudden cardiac arrest urges the public to prepare for this life-threatening condition by exploring heart-screening options, learning CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators, and encouraging more widespread deployment of AEDs.

Use of CPR, Defibrillators Improves After Public Health Initiatives

After coordinated and comprehensive public health initiatives in North Carolina, more patients received bystander CPR and first-responder defibrillation at home and in public, which was associated with improved survival, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology.

Tom Petty, 'Distinctively American' Rocker, Dies from Cardiac Arrest

LOS ANGELES, CA--Veteran U.S. rocker Tom Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctly raw, nasal vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” has died. He was 66.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his home in Malibu early on Monday morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived, his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement.

“We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Dimitriades said on behalf of the family.

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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