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My Story: 12 Years After I Survived Sudden Death

Like George Yamalis, I had a very personal reason for joining the Foundation’s team at this year’s Highmark Walk for Healthy Community. Today, June 2, is the 12th anniversary of my frightening and eye-opening experience with sudden cardiac death.

I was fortunate on that day in 1999 to be among people who were alert enough to immediately call EMTs to the scene and even luckier that a fire department team was only minutes away with defibrillators that re-started my heart and ultimately saved my life. No AED was available at the scene of my event. 

While I held down the fort at the Foundation tent, my wife, Lis, walked with the Foundation team because we believe that more lives can be saved if everyone becomes aware that AEDs are not a conveniences in airports, malls, schools, sports facilities and other public places, they are A Must!

What Are You Doing for National CPR-AED Awareness Week?

National CPR-AED Awareness Week June 1-7 is set aside each year to raise awareness about the need for everyone to learn the essential life skills of CPR and AED use. In Reno, Nevada, people are learning about CPR and AEDs through sidewalk training events. In Tucson, Arizona folks are taking classes in chest-compression-only CPR. And CPR-AED skills will be advocated later this week at Six Flags/ Great Adventure in New Jersey.

What are you doing to help spread the word? Share your news here.

Remembering Hans Dahll

Today would have been Hans Dahll's 87th birthday. Hans was founding CEO of Laerdal Medical, Americas. Here is an article that was published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services when Hans died in March 2006.

To Sir With Love

Hans H. Dahll: A Personal Reflection

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Also Strike the Young


Emilie PuricelliEach year an estimated 325,000 people die in the United States from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Of that number the Heart Rhythm Society estimates about 7,000 of these deaths are in children and infants.

On August 30th, 1997, my seemingly healthy 22 year old daughter, Emilie, died suddenly, in her sleep, from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

This October, Learn How to Save a Life

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, dedicated to educating the public about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and how to preven

Vote to Save Lives in Schools Across America

Help save lives in schools across America.

Remembering the Moms

many, Mothers' Day is a wonderful day to celebrate our mothers and fond memories, and to enjoy and cherish our children and grandchildren.

For mothers who have lost children to
sudden cardiac arrest, it can be a day of pain, sorrow and longing--not only because death came too soon, but because it took the promise of  future grandchildren with it.

If this description fits you, please know that we
at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation are
thinking of you on what might be a very difficult day. May this expression of our sympathy bring you some comfort.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October has been filled with activities around the country to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Here are some things we've been up to:

Memory Loss Among SCA Survivors: You Are Not Alone

Many of you have written to share your concerns about short term memory loss after survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

It may be comforting to know you are not alone. Many survivors in our registry report memory loss and other cognitive changes.

What Are You Doing to Celebrate CPR-AED Awareness Week?

In late 2007, Congress declared the first week of June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week.”

The Congressional resolution shines a national spotlight on how important it is for all Americans to learn critical lifesaving skills such as how to perform CPR, how to use an AED and the need to increase public access to AEDs.

House members Reps. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-NY) and Dan Boren (D-OK) co-sponsored the House version of the bill (H.Con.Res. 215), and Sens. Russell Feingold (D-W) and Susan Collins (R-ME), championed the Senate version (S.Con.Res. 54), working with the American Heart Association and American Red Cross.

Last June, nationwide ceremonies, community activities and educational outreach efforts were conducted across the country.

What are you doing to celebrate CPR-AED Awareness week this year?


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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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