Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911… Read More

Celebrate World Health Day: Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 12th. Today is World Health Day. You are invited to celebrate this global day of health awareness by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at… Read More

CAN USED AED'S BE OBTAINED?

Hi All! As time has passed, I have become more and more convinced that having a personal household AED is a good idea. So I started looking to buy one, and the prices held me back. My question, then, is can used or at least reconditioned AED's be found for sale? If so, is it an OK idea to purchase… Read More

Spouse of Young Survivor

On August 1, 2014...My wife was just 36yrs old at the time of her Sudden Cardiac Death. Just five weeks earlier we welcomed home our third child. I was out of town for a new job and I encouraged her to load the kids up and head to her parents for help with the kids while I was away. She made it to… Read More

My story

I am a 63 year old divorced male. I still work full time and enjoy playing tennis regularly. On Tuesday evening 1 week ago, I was participating in my regular tennis group clinic, one hour of drills and then one hour of play. Near the end of the first hour, while in the middle of a volley drill, I… Read More

Another great SCA Survival Story

This is a very short post, but I came across this story today and thought it was worth sharing. While these types of stories aren't uncommon, I guess I appreciated the simple advice of getting CPR training. Obviously, it was awesome to hear about the successful outcome. I haven't had to go through… Read More

SCA Survivor

A week before Christmas in 2017 I developed extreme chest pain. I took an aspirin, a zantac in case it was indigestion and a package of alka selzer. I lost my husband two months ago and had he been there I would have sent him to the store for GasX. I was reluctant to call an ambulance because that… Read More

I need to purchase AED for home use ...Help please

I am a wife to my wonderful husband, a 78-year-old at an increased risk of SCA. He suffered a heart attack 35 years ago left him with stable but low 32% efficiency. He lately developed VT, only one occurrence 29 seconds long. His cardiologist recommended an implant defibrillator ICD but he is… Read More

Best first response: Putting the pieces together

A couple of heart-related local news stories came up the other day and I was struck again by the importance of AED’s and the factors that come into play in determining whether or not an SCA crisis has the best possible outcome. Usually it seems that most of life “out there in the big world” is… Read More

Personal Experience

I am a CA survivor! I was de-fibbed at the side of the road after a car crash by EMT's and air-lifted to a major hospital about 40 miles from the accident scene. Eight months later at age 68 I have, Thanks be to God, fully recovered. After three months I returned to my job wherein I work about… Read More