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A Class Act: Remembering Jim Page

It's hard to believe James O. Page left us 15 years ago (September 4, 2004). Jim was a visionary leader who became known as the "Father of EMS." He took me under his wing at the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services many years ago. I will always remember him for his passion for saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest, which, in the end, took his life. I hope that in some small way we are honoring his memory with the work we are doing today at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation--still working to make survival the rule, rather than the exception. ~Mary Newman

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The Law Protects AED Rescuers

By Steve Tannenbaum

Did you know that the law actually encourages lay people and bystanders to perform CPR and to use an AED on people who have suffered from sudden cardiac arrest and that it actually protects them from litigation?

Traditionally, the public has been concerned about performing CPR and using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) due to fears of hurting the victim and potentially incurring liability. Neither of these two fears are accurate or true. A person who has just suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest is clinically dead. It is not possible to cause further injury to such a victim by performing CPR or by using an AED.

Take a Step for Survival! Join or Support Our Team Today.

You are invited to join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The annual 5K walk, scheduled for May 11th in Pittsburgh, PA, is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, so all funds raised go directly participating nonprofits.
 

Lasting Inspiration: How One Woman Built a New Generation of Lifesavers

Many people occasionally volunteer, perhaps for a loved one’s sports league or by making the occasional donation to a worthwhile cause. Few, however, make it their life’s mission to help and inspire others, as is the case with Allison Gingold.

Allison was born into philanthropy. “I was raised in a family that espoused the importance of charitable giving, both monetarily and with our time and energy. It is how I was raised in our Jewish community, as a part of our culture and religious identity-- it is a form of social justice,” she says.

Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest Drives Bystander Action

Once laypersons understand Sudden Cardiac Arrest, they are highly motivated to give CPR and apply an AED—critical actions that will save more lives.

1,000 Reasons Why You Should Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Today, #GivingTuesday

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 1,000 people outside hospitals each day in the U.S. Sadly, it is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Survival rates are generally dismal, but they improve dramatically when bystanders take action by calling 911, giving CPR and using AEDs. You can help promote awareness, understanding and action by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today, #GivingTuesday.

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Help Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Joe Farrell's Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dear Family, Friends & Colleagues:

The Serious Fright Lurking in Our Communities

When we think of October, Halloween typically comes to mind; when dressed as monsters, ghosts and goblins, we take delight in spooky costumes and scaring others. Sadly, there’s a serious, legitimate fright lurking within our community every month of the year that strikes out-of-the-blue, but wears no disguise. Most of us don’t know about the threat of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is an electrical disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm. It is not the same as a heart attack. The only way to survive SCA is with CPR and shocks administered from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Is Your School Prepared?

By Jonathan Drezner, MD

A tragedy occurred in our community July 24th when Allen Harris, a student-athlete at Federal Way High School, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a preseason football workout. Harris was 16 when he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes oversized and prone to abnormal rhythms.

As a parent, I think the death of a child is unfathomably sad. This distressing event should make us all pause and review our schools’ policies to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes playing sports. It is associated with structural and electrical heart disorders that usually present no warning symptoms.

Please vote in favor of PA Senate Bill 521

A Letter to Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate

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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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