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Patients More Likely to Survive SCA on Weekdays

February 21, 2008–ScienceDaily–Patients who have an in-hospital cardiac arrest at night or on the weekend have a substantially lower rate of survival to discharge than hospitalized patients who experience a cardiac arrest during day/evening times on weekdays, according to a new study. The detection and treatment of cardiac arrests… Read More

AEDs Donated to Maine Schools

February 20, 2008–CARMEL, Maine––U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Maine Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Jay Bradshaw applauded a donation of 25 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for Maine schools from Defibtech, a company that designs and manufactures the portable, electronic devices that can shock a heart back into normal rhythm… Read More

Shanghai Medical Experts Urge AED Placement in Public Locations

February 20, 2008­–SHANGHAI­–Local medical experts are urging the government to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public venues as soon as possible to provide people with emergency treatment if they suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).Beijing is currently the only city in China to have installed defibrillators in public places,… Read More

Austin SCA Survivors Celebrate with Rescuers

February 15, 2008–AUSTIN–On Valentine’s Day, 73 local men and women who survived sudden cardiac arrest got a chance to meet their rescuers at the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Service’s annual Take Heart Austin Survivor Celebration. Doug Engle suffered a heart attack one year ago, while running along Austin's hike and… Read More

View ICD Case Online February 28th

February 12, 2008–DAYTONA BEACH–HalifaxHealth will present Florida’s first live online automated Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) case on Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 pm on A majority of the 200,000 to 400,000 people who die suddenly in the United States each year do so as a result of heart… Read More

"Close the Gap" Launched: Aims to Raise Awareness About SCA in Underserved Populations

February 4, 2008­–NATICK, Mass–Boston Scientific Corporation today announced the public debut of an educational initiative called “Close the Gap,” which is aimed at addressing disparities in cardiovascular care for the underserved patient populations of women, black Americans and Latino Americans. The Company said it is collaborating on the Close… Read More

SCA Survivor Wins Award from Volvo for Work as AED Crusader

January 18, 2008–KALAMAZOO, MI­–Ronald Dundon had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in February 2003. The attending emergency team’s use of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) saved him. After his recovery, Dundon founded the AED Fund of Kalamazoo County, Michigan to help increase the chances of survival for future SCA victims in… Read More

National Efforts To Improve CPR Quality Underway

January 15, 2008–ScienceDaily–Studies indicate that in many communities only 15 percent to 30 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR before emergency medical services (EMS) personnel arrive at the scene. Considering that cardiac arrest survival falls an estimated seven percent to 10 percent for every minute without… Read More

A Time to Chill: Penn State Demonstrates Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia

January 9, 2008–HERSHEY–Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently began offering “therapeutic hypothermia” for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The state-of-the-art treatment still isn’t available at most hospitals. Conducting a demonstration of the process today, doctors said therapeutic hypothermia is beneficial… Read More

Young Boys Save Mother's Life

Jan 5, 2008–WELLINGTON, NZ–Two young boys are being hailed as heroes for helping bring their mother back from the dead. The six and seven-year-olds rang 111 after their mother had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), then comforted her until help arrived. Six-year-old Taine Eade and his seven-year-old brother Cullen were watching TV last… Read More