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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation National Spokesperson Susan Koeppen pays it forward

Back in July, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation National Spokesperson, Susan Koeppen, who survived cardiac arrest in 2011, was waiting to turn left at a busy intersection in Pittsburgh.  “I’m going to watch this guy because he doesn’t look right,” said Susan. “I watched him, he drifted right by me, jumped the curb, and crashed right here into the… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announces Southern California Chapter

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) is pleased to announce the establishment of its Southern California Chapter, based in Los Angeles. SCAF-SoCal will be led by Stephen Sanko, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, and Allison Gingold, Esq. Dr. Sanko is Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern… Read More

College softball player's heart stops after routine play

In her second game of the day, Fordham University shortstop Sarah Taffet hit a ground ball to first base. The fielder charged forward, stopped the ball and kept going to tag out Sarah. It turned into a small collision, with Sarah getting knocked to the ground. "It kind of knocked the wind out of me a little bit, but I've been tagged harder before… Read More

Better screening could predict and prevent sudden cardiac death in young people

Analysis included all cases of sudden cardiac death due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in under-35s in Sweden over a decade Nearly nine in ten cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in young people are preceded by symptoms, ECG abnormalities, or a positive family history, according to a new study published… Read More

Two young lives saved, thanks to outdoor SaveStation Towers with AEDs

On Saturday June 4, 2022, a SaveStation Tower was opened and the AED inside was used to help save a young girl’s life. 13-year-old Nina was playing in a soccer tournament at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA, when she suddenly collapsed on the field. Her coach was quick to call 911 while her father Tom Taft and a nearby nurse recognized… Read More

Myocarditis from COVID-19 booster rare, but risk highest among teen boys, young men

Research Highlights: An examination of data of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Israel found males 14 to 30 years of age were the most susceptible to myocarditis after a second or third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, however, the overall risk remains relatively low. Among males ages 16 to 19 years,… Read More

New recommendations to bridge gaps in awareness, treatment of cardiac device infections

Report incorporates best practices from American Heart Association summit to improve cardiac implantable electronic device infection care DALLAS, TX -- Research finds as many as 1 in 20 patients with a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED), such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, develops an infection within three years of… Read More

PulsePoint To host contest promoting Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

This October, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the non-profit PulsePoint Foundation is rewarding communities for identifying and registering AEDs. Each AED registered from October 1 through 31 will gain you an entry to win one of ten $500 Amazon gift cards. Collectively, the community that registers the most AEDs will be granted $5,… Read More

Medtronic addresses ICD recall

In June 2022, Medtronic began alerting physicians to the potential for reduced shock energy during therapy in its Cobalt™ and Crome™ portfolio of ICDs and CRT-Ds, along with comprehensive patient management recommendations. At the same time, Medtronic asked hospitals to quarantine and return a subset of non-implanted Cobalt and Crome devices for… Read More

Study reports novel findings in prediction of sudden death after myocardial infarction

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- Clinical data and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging did not improve risk prediction for sudden cardiac death (SCD) after myocardial infarction in the largest pooled patient cohort collected to date. The late breaking research from the PROFID project was presented at ESC Congress 2022. SCD is responsible for… Read More