My Dad's Story 7/17/2020

Hey All, So my dad seemingly suffered a SCA on July 17th after running the mile with the soccer team I coach. He finished the mile, was walking around, and then he was down. Within a minute or so we realized he wasn't getting oxygen and we started CPR while another bystander called 911. We did CPR… Read More

Florida amends its AED law relating to AEDs placed at school athletic events

Florida has for some time had in place a law requiring AEDs on the school grounds of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) members. The governor recently signed legislation amending this law. Under the updated law:  FHSAA members… Read More

Connect with other survivors and families

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network™ is an online community for sudden cardiac arrest survivors, families affected by cardiac arrest, lay rescuers, and other advocates. The Network enables community members to create profiles, post blogs and comments, find others with similar experiences, provide… Read More

I'm still standing....

I wrote my survivor story, so I won't repeat that here, but I survived SCA on Friday, 2/28/2020 in a restaurant that could not find their AED unit, but DID happen to have a retired firefighter at the table next to us. I will forever be grateful to this kind man who saved my life, keeping me going… Read More

Your virtual walk can save lives and win an AED!

Every year, we take a step for survival by creating a team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. This year’s walk has gone virtual, and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is still participating. We encourage survivors, family members and other advocates near and far to join or support our… Read More

Home is where the heart is. Shouldn't an AED be there too?

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting 1,000 people every day including children and teens. Of these individuals, only 10% survive. Those who do make it invariably received immediate bystander CPR and treatment with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Now… Read More

My Brother's Story

My brother had a heart attack on March 23, 2020. Paramedics had to perform CPR from the time they got to him until they arrived at the hospital. He was without oxygen to the brain from 6 to 13 minutes. By the Grace of God, he survived. He had surgery to implant a defibrillator. He was just released… Read More

Hallucination and memory loss after SCA

Hi, My mom had a CA two weeks ago at home. CPR was performed immediately by family members for 5 minutes until EMT arrived and resuscitated her to a pulse. She arrived at the hospital kicking and pulling tubes and had to be sedated. She was moved from the ICU to the normal unit 2 days ago and is… Read More

Should we screen youth for conditions associated with sudden cardiac arrest?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops. Without intervention, sudden cardiac death (SCD) occurs. SCA is the third leading cause of death in the United States (US), with over 350,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests annually, one every 90 seconds.… Read More

Legacy of the Lost

I was honored to attend Parent Heart Watch’s 15th Annual Heart to Heart conference in Tampa, Florida, last weekend. It was great to see so many old friends and to meet so many new ones. It was a gathering like no other in the sudden cardiac arrest space. It was filled with pain about loss, joy… Read More