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Counting our blessings and counting on you

One of our members put it this way: “How do I best convey the amazing impact the SCA Foundation has had on my wife and me since she survived a cardiac arrest? The survivor resources, the depth of information, the promotion for helping people understand sudden cardiac arrest—and it’s all so professionally done and with such care and compassion.… Read More

Why people fear performing CPR on women – and what to do about it

Women are less likely than men to receive CPR from a bystander. But why? The reluctance, new research suggests, may be fueled by worries of being accused of sexual assault or doing physical harm. Knowing people's secret fears is the first step to dispelling them, experts say. The insights come from a new survey of 520 men and women who were… Read More

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Guideline encourages shared decision-making

AHA, ACC issue updated guidance for the evaluation and management of people with HCM WASHINGTON and DALLAS -- The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology today released an updated guideline for managing patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The guideline encourages shared decision-making between the clinician… Read More

Worse outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in early weeks of pandemic

The rate of resuscitation for cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting decreased during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows. The study, which was presented Saturday at the American Heart Association's virtual Resuscitation Science Symposium, set out to explore the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on out-of-hospital… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation named “2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits

Award based on outstanding online reviews PITTSBURGH, PA -- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced today it has been named a “2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation provides education, research and community resources throughout the U.S… Read More

New medication may treat underlying causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020, Presentation P1732 Research Highlights: Mavacamten, a new investigational cardiac medication, may improve heart function for people with thickened heart muscle leading to obstructed blood flow through the heart, a condition known as obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The treatment… Read More

Acute exposure to higher ozone levels linked to higher risk of cardiac arrest

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 – Presentation 119 Research Highlights: Analysis of data from 187,000 patients found that higher ozone levels were associated with a higher risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. These findings may have important public health implications for recommendations on ozone… Read More

Machine learning helps predict survival rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 - Presentation 256 Research Highlights: Machine learning predictions about the survival rate of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were more accurate when neighborhood-level factors were added to the data analysis. Future research can use this newly developed model to identify… Read More

Extra precautions during CPR due to the pandemic do not have a negative impact on survival

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 -Presentation 111 Research Highlights: A U.S. medical center compared outcomes of patients in 2019 and 2020 who had in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to determine if safety precautions due to the pandemic affect patient survival. Researchers analyzed results of… Read More

High school student who helped save her father’s life is now working to save other lives

Tampa area high school student, Kaitlin Ryan, 16, is passionate about saving lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Her zeal for the cause began in April 2020. She and her father Steve, 49, had gone to the golf course to work on her chipping and putting. Suddenly, she realized he had collapsed on the green. She called her mom, Sharon, called… Read More