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January 23rd

Four in 10 Cardiomyopathies – A Major Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young People – Are Genetic

Family screening urgently needed to prevent early death in apparently healthy relatives

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS--Four in ten cardiomyopathies – a major cause of sudden cardiac death and heart failure in young people – are genetic, according to a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) study published in European Heart Journal. Family screening is urgently needed to prevent early death in apparently healthy relatives, the paper says.

Cardiomyopathy is where the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid. As the condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and less able to pump blood through the body and maintain a normal electrical rhythm. Around one in 300 people in Europe has a cardiomyopathy.

January 21st

Despite Overall In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival Improvement, Lower Survival on Nights, Weekends Persists

Survival difference between ‘on-hours’ and ‘off-hours’ remains unchanged

WASHINGTON, DC--Overall survival has improved for the approximately 200,000 patients experiencing in-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, but patients who arrest during nights or weekends continue to experience lower survival compared to patients who arrest during daytime hours. Survival to discharge in patients who arrested during "off-hours" was an absolute 3.8 percent lower compared to patients who arrested during "on-hours," according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

January 19th

Robert H. Trenkamp, Jr.: An Advocate Who Made A Difference

Robert H. Trenkamp, Jr., 74, of Skidaway Island, Georgia, suffered sudden cardiac arrest at his daughter's home in Zurich, Switzerland, over the Christmas holidays. Since he was a staunch advocate for improving survival from cardiac arrest, his family was well-versed in the critical importance of CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). They immediately gave him pedal CPR and used the AED that was by his bedside. Emergency Medical Services arrived within minutes and he was life-flighted to one of the best heart hospitals in Europe, where he received state-of-the-art cardiac care.

January 18th

AI Digital Assistant Can Help Dispatchers Identify Cardiac Arrest

When someone goes into cardiac arrest outside a hospital, time is critical: The chance of survival decreases about 10 percent with each minute. The first step–recognizing that it is cardiac arrest—is challenging for emergency dispatchers who have to make sense of symptoms relayed by a panicked friend or relative.

January 13th

Without CPR and an AED, This Patriots Fan Would Have Died

Now the family is trying to find the military medic who helped save his life.

On November 26, after leaving the Patriots/ Dolphins game, my dad, Edward K. Casabian, Jr., 75, went into sudden cardiac arrest while boarding the Providence-bound train. He was with my cousin, Ed Patriquin, an obstetrician from Davis, California, and my 11-year-old son, Luke. After seeing several pre-season games over the years, this was Luke's first regular season game—something he had been angling for, for quite some time.

January 11th

Cardiac Arrest Survivors Have Trouble Returning to Work, Social Life

Tom Parker was 32 when his heart suddenly stopped. At home in Washington, D.C., his wife quickly started CPR with guidance from a 911 dispatcher. An emergency medical technician arrived on the scene minutes later. Using a portable defibrillator, he shocked Parker’s heart to get it pumping again.

January 4th

The Year in Review

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation distributes e-newsletters about twice a month as a free service to individuals and organizations striving to improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Following are links to selected 2017 newsletters that reported on key research, news and developments throughout the year.

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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