SCA Foundation National Spokesperson Susan Koeppen Shares Her Story on Doctor Radio

SCA Foundation National Spokesperson Susan Koeppen Shares Her Story on Doctor Radio

National SCA FDN Spokesperson Susan KoeppenPITTSBURGH--Today, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation spokesperson Susan Koeppen, an award-winning TV news journalist and a wife and mother of three young children shared her story with Dr. Abe DeAnda of NYU Langone Medical Center on Sirius XM Doctor Radio, to help raise awareness during National SCA Awareness Month about the nation's leading cause of death.

"It's good to be here," she said. As Susan recounts, she was out on a short run with some friends last November in preparation for the Pittsburgh Marathon the following May, when two miles into the run, she suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. Fortunately, two medical students came upon the scene at exactly the right time and they gave her CPR until firefighters arrived, continued CPR, and used their automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore Susan's pulse. Susan was also just blocks away from the hospital, where she was treated with mild therapeutic hypothermia and implantable cardioverter defibrillation (ICD) therapy. She returned to work two months later and has made a full recovery.

"Most people do not survive sudden cardiac arrest. I happened to be at the right place at the right time, with all the right people nearby," said Susan during the interview. "Without CPR, without the AED, I would not be here today."

Now Susan is on a mission. "I've made sure my friends are certified in CPR. I constantly check for AED signs to make sure a facility has an AED," she said.

"Before this happened to me, I did not know sudden cardiac arrest is so prevalent. Now I recognize that everyone needs to know CPR, how to use an AED, and where the nearest AED is located."

To hear the full interview, listen to Doctor Radio Channel 81 on 10/28 at 4:00-6:00 pm or 10/30 at 2:00-4:00 pm.

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