23 extra years

A. J. Caliendo survived sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 1999. I first met him in 2003 when the University of Pittsburgh National Center for Early Defibrillation (NCED) hosted a gathering of survivors in Washington, D.C. I was proud to help launch NCED’s National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor… Read More

Finding the will to live in a pandemic: SCA survivor finds philosophical answer during shutdown

I will never forget how clear that April was. Tooling around town on my electric kick scooter brought a major smile to my aging face under a Florida sun that wasn’t just bright; it was effervescent. Small city streets and neighborhood avenues gave way to deserted byways that bisected orange groves… Read More

Sam Crockell's Story

I found this and was touched by it. I thought it would be worth sharing with more folks that visit this site and blog. Brief overview taken from https://emergacenter.com/sam-cockrell-sca-survivor/ : "He’s strong and built like an athlete. He works hard in his role as a Mechanical Engineer in… Read More

Hoping for a better year

I woke up to my husband in cardiac arrest - heard the agonal breathing. I couldn't wake him up. I called my son who lived down the road, thinking "He will come wake Dad up." The call went to voicemail. I called my daughter, who lives right up the road, "She will wake Dad up." She and her husband… Read More

Last 2 days to participate in cardiac arrest caregiver and family member survey

There are two days left to participate in an online cardiac arrest Caregiver & Family members survey, and to enter into a raffle for $25. A total of 100 participants will be selected at random on January 3, 2022.  We have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of… Read More

Almost lost to a fluke?

They tell you to eat healthy. I eat organic. They tell you to exercise. I ran the 2019 NYC Marathon. They tell you not to be overweight. I am athletic and fit. They tell you not to do drugs. I don’t, and yet my body reacted like the body of a cocaine user. So, what do I do when the unexplainable… Read More

Caregivers invited to participate in Columbia University research study

We have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of researchers at Columbia University in New York in a NeuroCardiac Comprehensive Care for Caregivers & Families (N4C-F) survey. This effort is being led by Dr. Sachin Agarwal, Assistant Professor of Neurology and… Read More

Registration is now open for the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit!

Registration is officially open for the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit 2021, Dec. 7-10 in beautiful, exciting San Diego.   As Program Chair for this year’s Summit, it’s been a thrill to work with some of the brightest minds in resuscitation to create a multi-day program that offers insightful and… Read More

Proof that a mandatory AED can save a life

We read with interest your story on the successful life-saving efforts by Loyola Blakefield’s training staff as well as two doctors of freshman lacrosse defenseman Peter Laake (”Loyola Blakefield lacrosse player doing OK after on-field scare on Friday,” April 17). What made the save possible was… Read More

Be AED Aware: The Basics

Let’s get practical. We all need to face the fact that most of us have to think twice before giving an answer to the question, "What’s an AED?" It’s just not in our thoughts most of the time. Thank goodness that SCA events are relatively rare; yet we need to remind ourselves of their possible… Read More