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SCA Foundation to Honor the Heroes Who Saved National Nonprofit Leader Maxwell King

October 29th event to feature rhythm and blues artist Jessica LeePITTSBURGH–October 22, 2008–The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will host an awards reception on October 29th in Pittsburgh to honor the heroes who saved the life of national nonprofit leader, Maxwell King. The date is significant because Congress recently declared… Read More

Onorato Thanks St. Margaret Foundation for Donation of AEDs

PULSE has now placed more than 1,200 AEDs throughout Allegheny County and had its 60th save PITTSBURGH–Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today joined Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen and Pittsburgh EMS Chief Bob McCaughan to thank St. Margaret Foundation President Matt Hughes for nine new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The… Read More

When the Heart Stops, Breaths Can Be Bad - (Part 3 of our Hands-Only Series)

Following on from our previous discussions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it is important to understand the clinical evidence and arguments for changing the technique in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases. This third article examines the reasoning and early studies in modifying resuscitation for witnessed cardiac arrest. In fact, it is… Read More

Oh-Oh-Oh-Stayin' Alive!

LOS ANGELES–Finally, a reason to have lived through the 70s -- and another fine reason to relive one of disco's most enduring triumphs, the 1977 hit by the Brothers Gibb, "Stayin' Alive": it could save someone's life. In performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation -- CPR -- the perfect rhythm is 100 compressions per minute, and done properly, it can… Read More

Tennessee Senator Champions Value of AEDs

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN–Tennessee Senator Bo Watson (R) spoke to a group at the Western Sizzlin’ on Thursday concerning his advocacy for legislation to implement the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in both the public and private sectors. “It seems practical to me for legislation to utilize this technology and allow its use without… Read More

Rangers Prospect Dies During Game

October 14, 2008–NEW YORK–New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died during a game in his native Russia on Monday night. He was 19. The New York Post reported that Cherepanov suffered a heart attack* and collapsed on the bench during Avangard Omsk’s game against Vityav Chekhov. Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr had just finished a shift… Read More

McDowell EMS Among First in North Carolina to Offer Therapeutic Hypothermia for SCA Victims

MARION, NC–McDowell's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is on the pulse of up-to-date treatments. Beginning today, they'll be using therapeutic hypothermia – big words for a relatively simple procedure that could greatly increase the quality of life for cardiac arrest patients. In layman's terms, it involves lowering a person's body temperature… Read More

An Inconvenient Beat

Sarah Zammett, Matoaca, VA, – 42 at time of event (2008) Sarah was saved in a house of God. It was her family’s church for generations; in fact her Great Grandfather founded the church in the 1880s. Sarah and her daughters were attending the first service that Sunday morning in April. “It was after the service, most everyone had… Read More

Hypothermia An Important Tool In Arizona's Cardiac Arrest Centers

What if every patient who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest could have access to the same kind of specialized care found in a trauma center? Arizona is answering that question by becoming the first state to create a network of cardiac arrest centers, which draw on the concept of trauma centers to deliver standardized care to patients… Read More

Congress Declares October "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month"

SCA Foundation to Celebrate by Honoring the Heroes Who Saved Maxwell KingOctober 1, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – Congress has declared October “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the nation’s leading cause of death. The resolution “calls upon the people of the U.S. to observe this month with appropriate… Read More