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Sue Hostler, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Award Recipient, Donates Defibrillator to Penn Hills High School Athletic Department

PITTSBURGH, PA--Five years ago, Sue Hostler, of Bradford Woods, PA, helped save the life of Bob Hallinan, who had collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest in an elevator in a remote area of the Philadelphia airport. She had heard about “hands-only CPR,” and so she pushed hard and fast on the center of his chest for 17 minutes, while waiting for professional help.

Lund University Researchers Discover New and Better Marker for Assessing Patients After Cardiac Arrest

Last year, researchers Tobias Cronberg and Niklas Mattsson at Lund University in Sweden published a study showing serum tau levels to be a new and promising marker for identifying patients with severe brain damage after cardiac arrest. Together with Marion Moseby Knappe, they have now discovered that the protein Neurofilament light (NFL) in serum constitutes an even better marker to identify the degree of brain damage after cardiac arrest. This information could form the basis for decisions on continuing life-support treatment.

SCA Foundation Board of Directors Conducts Annual Meeting

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) community benefit organization, conducted its annual Board of Directors meeting on October 26-27th in Pittsburgh. Members came from around the country to discuss board development, review program highlights, and plan for the future. Four of the 10 board members are sudden cardiac arrest survivors and one is a mother who lost her son to SCA.

Medtronic Co-Founder Earl Bakken Passes Away at Age 94

DUBLIN, IRELAND--Medtronic announced today that its co-founder, Earl E. Bakken, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2018 at his home on Kiholo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was 94 years old.

October 16th Is World Restart a Heart Day

Today on October 16th, the first edition of World Restart a Heart is taking place to promote bystander CPR worldwide. This initiative, sponsored by the International Committee on Resuscitation and initially conceived by the European Resuscitation Council, focuses on Hands-Only CPR training and the importance of immediate action to help save more lives from cardiac arrest.

Global bystander CPR rates range from five to 80 percent. Research shows that CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Releases Position Statement on the Use of Mobile Technology to Help Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its support of mobile apps designed to engage CPR-trained individuals through a position statement adopted by its board and released to the public today, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, an official national observance. PulsePoint is highlighted as an app that has great potential to increase bystander response and initiation of CPR and AED use.

Small, Portable AED Wins ACEP Innovation Challenge

DENVER, CO--Medical device startup HeartHero won the AngelMD InnovatED Innovation Challenge at the 50th American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Conference and Trade Show. In addition to winning the competitive pitch, HeartHero received an opportunity to open a syndicate funding round with AngelMD, connected with some of the country's top emergency physicians and spoke to companies that invest in lifesaving technology.

Heartbeat NOLA Launches Defibrillation Program to Benefit Music and Hospitality Communities

In recognition of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro will be the first recipient of an automated external defibrillator and CPR training from Heartbeat NOLA. Heartbeat NOLA, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by cardiac arrest survivor and local musician Maurice Trosclair, is a citizen CPR and AED awareness and education program. "Miracle Meaux" survived due to the efforts of citizen bystanders who stepped in to provide CPR and a shock from an AED in his office building. Heartbeat NOLA also raises funds for its Public Access Defibrillator program. Heartbeat NOLA’s goal is to make survival from SCA is the norm rather than the exception.

SCA Foundation Board Member and Spouse Share Perspectives at State of the Future of Resuscitation Conference

OAKLAND, CA--Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation board member Dr. Joe Farrell, and his wife Edie, recently spoke at the State of the Future of Resuscitation conference in Oakland, California. The conference, hosted by Take Heart America on September 28-29, brought together international experts to discuss a wide range of topics related to advances in resuscitation science and clinical practice.

Multiple Organizations Unite for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

Growing campaign aims to curb a public health crisis that kills nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. every day

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis— affecting more than 356,000 people outside hospitals each year, including over 7,000 youth under age 18—but death can be averted if people nearby act quickly. Today, only one in 10 victims survives, but with immediate CPR and use of an AED, survival rates can triple.

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