The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and developments in sudden cardiac arrest prevention and treatment.

SCAF-Oregon update

This past fall, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation-Oregon Affiliate, led by Katherine and Joshua Lupton, MD, and Mohamud Daya, MD, held their first survivor meet-up. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a virtual meetup of survivors and their families. Attendees were able to share with one another their stories of survival and recovery. SCAF-… Read More

Walter Watts joins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) is proud to announce that Walter Watts has joined its team as Marketing & Communications Associate. Previously, Walter was a content strategist at VMLY&R's Content Studio, working with brands like Ford and Colgate. After graduating from the College of the Ozarks with a BA in… Read More

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt, SCAF Board member, recognized as Notable Woman of NJ

Library of the Chathams annual panel of Notable Women of New Jersey takes a new form this year as it welcomes some of the state’s most accomplished women online via Zoom. JoAnne Taylor Babbitt is co-founder and Vice President of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, a non-profit organization named in memory of her son who died of cardiac arrest at… Read More

Seeking tri-state survivors

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is working with the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry on research related to the aftermath of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival. The research group seeks to connect with survivors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If you have been struggling with… Read More

The Sixth Link of Survival

EMS World has published a new e-book, The Sixth Link of Survival: Supporting Survivors and Bystanders Following Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which features a profile of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), interviews with sudden cardiac arrest researchers, and stories of survival and survivorship. “Even though survivors look fine on the… Read More

Alexa, do I have an irregular heart rhythm?

First AI system for contactless monitoring of heart rhythm using smart speakers Smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, have proven adept at monitoring certain health care issues at home. For example, researchers at the University of Washington have shown that these devices can detect cardiac arrests or monitor babies breathing. But… Read More

Cardiac arrest from opioid overdose has unique features affecting prevention and treatment

Statement Highlights: The U.S. opioid epidemic and related opioid use disorder are significant causes of cardiac arrest and death among adults ages 25 to 64. Opioid-related out-of-hospital cardiac arrest differs from other forms of cardiac arrest, yet it has not been completely described for health care professionals. The scientific statement… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest: 5 things women need to know

Aside from COVID-19, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of natural death in the United States. Each year, more than 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting. Nearly 90% of the cases are fatal. Unlike a heart attack, there is no warning of SCA, according to Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD, a clinical cardiac… Read More

Bystander CPR declines during pandemic

Every second counts when sudden cardiac arrest strikes. When a bystander performs CPR, it doubles a patient’s chance of survival. But fear of COVID-19 seems to be causing good Samaritans to hesitate—with deadly consequences. Since the onset of the pandemic, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest has dropped significantly, potentially due to… Read More

How to overcome CPR training barriers during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges both personally and professionally. For example, CPR training businesses were faced with new training barriers that could have brought our industry to a halt.  But instead, we rallied together and figured out how to continue to provide our communities with lifesaving skills—all while keeping… Read More