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May. 21, 2013

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association frustrated by sudden cardiac arrest statistics
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills nearly 300,000 Americans each year — more than breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. Not just an old person's disease, SCA also strikes children, athletes and others in seemingly good health. Sadly, the survival rate of SCA has remained a low six percent for the past 30 years because most events are not witnessed, bystanders do not intervene with lifesaving CPR and AED usage, or emergency medical care does not arrive in adequate time. Frustrated with these alarming statistics, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is putting out a call to children and adults of all ages to become First Aid/CPR/AED certified during National CPR/AED Week, June 2-8.More

Three 11-year-old girls in Massachusetts have started a youth venture program in their community, in an effort to make a difference. Their goal is to raise money so that they can purchase cardiac defibrillators/AED's for their schools, athletic fields, town beach and town pool. Please help them raise funds to purchase AEDs to make their community HEART SAFE and HEARTSTRONG!More

Hidden threats to young athletes
The New York Times
In February, hundreds of youth sports safety advocates convened at a Washington hotel. They were determined to talk about something other than concussions, a counterintuitive ambition considering the rampant worry about the effects of head trauma in young athletes. But the Washington group knew something most do not: the No. 1 killer of young athletes is sudden cardiac arrest.More

Digital CPR coach could help save lives someday
CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is a simple procedure that could mean the difference between life or death for someone—but only if it's performed properly. The procedure can be fruitless if the chest compressions are too shallow, or even dangerous if too heavy. So to ensure that it's always being done properly, Physio-Control has developed a monitor called the TrueCPR that provides precise feedback on how effective the CPR is being performed.More

Railroad, city pursue removal of emergency crossing
Placer Herald
The city of Rocklin, Calif., and Union Pacific Railroad are negotiating to close an emergency vehicle access (EVA) rail crossing at Lemon Hill Drive, meant only for first responders in case of an emergency. Supporters hope removing the existing EVA will stop train horns through the development, while opponents fear it could affect public safety.More

Survivor story: Jasmine Wylie
When she was 24, Jasmine Wylie experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Her husband, Clint, immediately began CPR, and within minutes Jasmine was being whisked by ambulance to the hospital. There, on a hot August morning, she received the coldest gift of her life.More

Student comes to grips with surviving sudden cardiac arrest
The Columbian
Heidi Stewart, a senior student at Evergreen (Wash.) High school, collapsed at school in February after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The odds say she shouldn't be here.More

Teen's heart stopped, but never her spirit
Lydia Clark, 19, of California, was diagnosed at age 16 with aborted sudden cardiac arrest caused by restrictive cardiomyopathy. She received a dual chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillator and a backup pacemaker.More

Students save a life
Altoona Mirror
A pair of student athletes saved the life of a man who collapsed on a high school track where they were practicing football footwork drills. Hollidaysburg, Pa., football players Daniel Baker and Caleb Parnell, both 17 and trained in CPR, rushed over to Jerry Jackson, 68, who Parnell saw had fallen to the ground. An onlooker immediately called 911, but for the next 10 minutes, Jackson's heartbeat was in Baker's hands and his breath in Parnell's lungs.More

Study: Estrogen levels tied to risk for sudden cardiac death
HealthDay News
Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (sudden cardiac arrest). Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 people die of sudden cardiac death.More

Dr. Hilary Greenberg: 'I drowned and went into sudden cardiac arrest'
Dr. Hilary Greenberg and her husband are certified divers and have been for the past 11 years. They wanted to get their children certified as well, so they took them to Costa Rica to get their diving certifications. Fifteen minutes into the second dive, Hilary was drawn away from her husband, her regulator was torn from her mouth and she ended up thrown against a coral reef. She drowned and went into sudden cardiac arrest.More

SCAA: Death of Pat Summerall underscores need for more public awareness
The tragic death of Pat Summerall, the former football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, underscores how frequently and indiscriminately sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes Americans, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association said. Nearly 300,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to SCA each year, resulting in the collapse of an American about once every two minutes.More

LifeForce Foundation — Shark River Row
The inaugural Shark River Row for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness (CHD) is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, June 7, at the Shark River Hills Marina on South Riverside Drive. Individuals intending on participating, requesting additional details, or seeking reception information are asked to contact Jason Petillo at, or visit our website

Take me out to the ballgame
Join the Gateway Chapter of SCAA at the River City Rascals baseball game on June 6. Tickets are $10. For tickets, email or call Linda Dickson at 314-443-1011.More