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Ankur Doshi, MD, FACEP, joins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors

Ankur A. Doshi, MD, FACEP, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF). Dr. Doshi is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Clinical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Post Cardiac Arrest Service (PCAS).… Read More

Qualified charitable distributions: Using your IRA to give from the heart (update)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit from writing… Read More

Socioeconomic background linked to survival after having a cardiac arrest in hospital

Hospital in-patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to receive prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after their hearts stop beating and less likely to survive than patients from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. These are the findings of a new study in over 24,000 patients in Sweden, published in the European Heart… Read More

66 years later, survivor Stan Wisniewski is still going strong

Stan Wisniewski experienced sudden cardiac arrest on December 17, 1954. Sixty-six years later, he is still going strong. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation had the opportunity to catch up with Stan and his wife, Jaci, earlier this week. Here is his story, in his own words. An incredible story of survival The year 1954 was a time when there… Read More

Learning from cardiac arrest survivors and their loved ones

Life after survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can be challenging for both survivors and their loved ones, according to speakers at the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) Virtual Summit last week. Their session, “Putting Science into Action: Thriving in Survivorship,” was introduced by survivor Jim Niskanen, Chair of the CCPRF Survivorship… Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic ravages a life-saving industry

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- In a survey of 337 CPR educators, researchers at Avive found widespread concerns about the negative impact that COVID-19 is having on bystander willingness to help victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). 74% of responding instructors expressed either strong (40%) or moderate (34%) concern about bystander inaction in… Read More

Calling all survivors!

Don’t miss FREE entry to the Citizen CPR Foundation's Virtual Summit 2020 for the latest in SCA science!  The Citizen CPR Foundation has announced its Virtual Summit 2020: Putting Science into Action. Join the experts on December 8-9 in moderated discussions and live Q&As on topics ranging from the latest scientific updates and instructional… Read More

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