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

Is RVLM (Medulla) safety mandatory for life?

In SCA and many critical conditions death ensues the loss of blood pressure due to RVLM debacle. To save life should we safeguard first RVLM and secondarily the brain and thirdly the heart?

Brugada

Hi All, my youngest son had his first sca a year and a half ago. It was very traumatic but he survived. He was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome and has had a defib fitted. We began to feel that he was then infallible but last Sunday he had another episode and the defib shocked him twice to bring him… Read More

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… Read More

The Masters come back story after SCA

My body on April 6, 2018 went into Cardiac Arrest. I’ve had 5 stents, 1 ablation, 1 pacemaker, out of work for 4 months, and 36 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation. I was without a pulse for up to 20-25 minutes before the AED was able to get my heart back into rhythm. My wife’s friends who had invited… Read More

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.  … Read More

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… Read More

My son

Hi - this is my first post and I'm desperately seeking people who have been where I am. We have done counseling for many months, worked with a very supportive group of friends and church members but really have no one who REALLY gets it. My 17 year old son was born with multiple heart defects and… Read More

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. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis. More than 356,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals annually in the U.S. and nearly 90… Read More