SCAA Keep It Beating
Jul. 16, 2013

Shop for a Cause at Macy's on Aug. 24
On Saturday, Aug. 24, Macy's will host its 8th annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Since 2006, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $45 million for charities across the country. This is your opportunity to be part of the excitement. The SCAA will receive special savings passes to sell for $5 each and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. For only $5 you can purchase a shopping pass that will save you 25 percent off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands you love, throughout the store, as well as 10 percent off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs. And, you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.

To purchase a shopping pass, please contact or click here to buy online through our secure PayPal website.

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Give Forward
HEARTSTRONG, which is made up of three 7th-graders — Gracie Soultanian, Jacqueline Stiles and Allison Cebollero, has raised $2,500 towards the purchase of AEDs from their fundraiser on, but they still need our help! HEARTSTRONG has managed to place one AED and, from an essay contest through Parent Heart Watch, Gracie won another to place in her community. Gracie had her first CPR class on July 13 where she is getting certified herself. And she invited the team coaches for the Broncos — a youth football club for the Ayer-Shirley area of Massachusetts. Check out the HEARTSTRONG Facebook page and be sure to "Like" it.

To donate to HEARTSTRONG and help further their cause, please click here. Any amount helps!More

Looking for stories about real people and experiences?
Take a look at the SCAA's Human Interest News and please let us know if you have any stories you'd like to share by contacting

School screening test saves student's life
A heart screening test at a high school in Seattle saved one young man's life, as it has for other student athletes across the country. Last fall, Will Recla's heart was checked during a high school screening sponsored by the Nick of Time Foundation. The screening found that he had a heart murmur, and follow-up testing revealed that Recla had a faulty heart valve and damaged aorta.More

New study says preparation can prevent cardiac arrest fatalities in high school athletes
Dr. Jonathan Drezner of the University of Washington in Seattle recently presented findings at the National Trainers' Association regarding survival outcomes for high school student athletes who suffered cardiac arrest. Drezner and his team conducted a two-year long observational study of 2,149 high schools. During those two years, 59 sudden cardiac arrests occurred. Seventy-one percent of these 59 victims survived at least past their hospital discharge — stunning compared to the 8 percent survival rate for patients who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital.More

Automated CPR kiosk teaches life-saving during layovers at D/FW Airport
The Dallas Morning News
A new kiosk unveiled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport teaches travelers how to perform CPR using only hand compressions. The automated station, featuring a rubber torso and a computer screen, measures the depth, compression rate and hand placement necessary to properly give someone CPR using only your hands.More

Survivor's story: Taylor Maier
His senior year of high school, during pregame warm-ups, Taylor Maier was with his teammates in the end zone waiting for the game to begin. He stood up and suddenly felt dizzy. The next thing he remembers is his dad's voice calling him back to consciousness, and he opened my eyes to see gathering of doctors, teammates and family surrounding him.More

Police officer saves young girl's life with CPR
West Yellowstone News
The life of 8-year-old Fiona Daley was saved last week due to the speedy response of police officer Mike Gavagan, Hebgen Basin Fire District paramedics and EMTs as well as a woman who called 911. Daley's heart had stopped and she was not breathing when Gavagan arrived on scene, but first responders were able to revive the young girl. More

Canadian Honda employee honoured for life-saving actions
Northern Life
Having worked as a paramedic in his younger years, when Palladino Honda inventory manager Paul Marcon saw a customer collapse at the business June 26, his reaction was automatic. He said he'd been talking to a woman, who is in her 70s, about a vehicle out in the car dealership's parking lot, when she suddenly fell to the ground.More

Nurse who gave CPR to girl at Splash Montana raises safety concerns
The nurse who gave CPR to a toddler at Splash Montana has concerns about how the situation was handled. The mother of the 14-year-old boy who rescued the unconscious, blue-lipped girl said the city of Missoula needs more lifeguards at the popular water park.More

Inappropriate shock rates driven lower with 'smart' programming: Very good news in ICD therapy
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy for the treatment of sudden cardiac death has undergone major improvements in the past year. This is welcome news for both patients and caregivers. A late-breaking clinical trial from EUROPACE 2013 delivers good news about ICD therapy.More

Varied quality of CPR among EMS, hospitals hurts survival
American Heart Association via Science Codex
The quality of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) you receive may vary, depending on the EMS department or hospital administering it, according to the American Heart Association. In a statement published in its journal Circulation, the association calls for a renewed focus on improving resuscitation techniques and tracking.More

Emergency University: CPR/AED training for success
In the mid-1990s, a private California-based emergency care training and consulting company, Emergency University (EU), broke the mold and changed the focus from traditional "CPR class attendance" to truly preparing ordinary people for a planned, organized and practiced response to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event. Combining interactive online modules with instructor-led, hands-on skills practice and validation, EU pioneered applying, newly emerging "blended training" to CPR/AED learning.More

SCAA welcomes 2 new chapters
Congratulations to the two new chapters of the SCAA: LifeForce Foundation in Howell, N.J., and Reawakened Heart — the Texoma Chapter in Gainesville, Texas. Thank you to our new chapters for helping the SCAA continue to raise awareness about how to combat the sudden cardiac arrest crisis.More

Bakersfield Kern Chapter July newsletter
Congresswoman Lois Capps, D-Calif., announced she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Read the July issue of the Bakersfield Kern Chapter newsletter to learn more.More

Dr. Dana Johnson: Defibrillators and children
Wisconsin State Journal
"You may have noticed more and more AEDs available in public places," Dr. Dana Johnson writes. "They can be found in schools, churches, airports and many other public places. I even saw one at a local car dealership recently. Why would we want these devices in so many places? The answer is quite simple: Time equals brain cells."More