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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

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