SCAA Keep It Beating
Aug. 13, 2013

SCAA launches compelling new Industry Partner Program to combat the growing national cardiac arrest crisis
More than 300,000 Americans continue to die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. That's more than die from breast cancer, prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS and house fires combined! That makes sudden cardiac arrest the number one killer in the nation. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is the nation's only national organization dedicated solely to sudden cardiac arrest prevention and treatment. Membership in the association is free, so contributions from companies who want to support SCAA's efforts are absolutely vital to the organization and its mission.More

Become a DONOR MEMBER to celebrate a survivor you know, to remember a loved one lost, to honor a lifesaving hero or simply to help us in our fight
As the SCAA programs grow in scope and sophistication, the budget to develop and administer those programs has grown ... and grown quite dramatically. Our SCAA DONOR MEMBER PROGRAM is designed to support the overall SCAA administrative budget, with a portion of the revenues earmarked to support local chapter efforts.

Consider becoming an SCAA DONOR MEMBER! Participation is completely optional ... anyone who is a current SCAA member will remain an SCAA member regardless of participation in this new program. Click here for the Donor Member Form or donate online via our secure website. Don't forget to pick up your Macy's "Shop For a Cause" shopping pass for Aug. 24 while you're there!

We need to continue the SCAA mission, and to do that, we need your support. Join the SCAA DONOR MEMBER PROGRAM today and watch as your dollars help the SCAA heighten awareness and expand educational programs that will eventually lead to the eradication of needless SCA deaths. And please don't think of this as an obligation ... think of it as your commitment.More

Goodswipe: Earn donations toward your cause
Do you know how you can shop, eat and have fun in 50,000 locations while donating money to the SCAA! It's easy! It’s a program called "Goodswipe" and they have negotiated deals with thousands of your favorite restaurants and stores who will give you rewards as a thank you for your business and your loyalty. Click on the "Read More" link to view some of the great offers you can take advantage of.More

Introducing the new SCAA Chairman, Steve Tannenbaum
On May 6, 2009, my heart stopped beating due to a sudden cardiac arrest and I died. Two people came and saved my life and gave me a second chance. My two "Angels" had the confidence, knowledge and training to run towards me, as a sudden cardiac arrest victim, instead of running away. They clearly understood that sudden cardiac arrest really is a matter of life or death.More

People who experience sudden cardiac arrest at exercise facilities have better chance of survival
The Medical News
People experiencing sudden cardiac arrest at exercise facilities have a higher chance of survival than at other indoor locations, likely due to early CPR and access to an automated external defibrillator, among other factors, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The findings underscore the importance of having AEDs in places where people exert themselves and are at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest.More

New form adds some teeth to end-of-life care preferences
USA Today
Legislators and advocates in a growing number of states are promoting an end-of-life document they believe will improve the medical treatment of patients who cannot communicate their wishes. The POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm, which takes a step beyond an advance directive by creating medical orders based on a patient's wishes for end-of-life treatment, also has critics, who say it is too susceptible to abuse.More

Are Canadian airlines prepared for cardiac emergencies?
The type of medical equipment that airplanes must carry depends on their size. Transport Canada mandates that all planes carry first aid kits, but aircraft with more than 100 seats must have an emergency medical kit, which has significantly more supplies — including a blood pressure kit, nitroglycerin, acetylsalicylic acid and adrenalin. While not mandated under Canadian aviation requirements, air operators can choose to include a defibrillator as part of their onboard-emergency-medical/first aid equipment.More

Survivor's story: Jim Feldhaus
On March 28, Holy Thursday, Father Joe was hosting a Seder Meal at St. Isidore's cafeteria prior to services. People were finishing up their meal and Father Joe stated they better get started with the rest of the program so they could finish in time for mass. About that time, Jim Feldhaus sensed for about three or four seconds that he may be fainting. Then he blacked out. He had just suffered a cardiac arrest.More

Friends' quick action saves South Carolina man after heart attack
CBS News
VideoBrief Fifty-two-year-old Tony Gilliard is approaching life like never before. "You gotta live your life like every day is your last day," he says. This past June 11 almost was his last day. Gilliard was playing his regular weekly basketball game in a church gymnasium in Greer, S.C., when he suddenly passed out. It quickly became clear that this was a matter of life or death.More

Ohio man, 49, survives heart attack thanks to CPR
Hudson Hub-Times
Studies have shown that performing CPR can significantly increase cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival, and John Ganley, 49, of Hudson, Ohio, understands the importance of CPR better than most. In June, Ganley went to his men's over-40 softball league game feeling completely normal. An upset stomach in the seventh inning caused him to vomit, but wasn't alarming. He decided to play catcher as a way of "taking it easy" for the remainder of the game. He collapsed after the first pitch.More

Sister, cousin to the rescue
Ozaukee Press
It took only a few moments for an idyllic summer day at the pool to turn into a near tragedy for a Saukville, Wis., family. Without the fast reactions of 9-year-old Avery Phillips and her 14-year-old cousin Haylie Hansen, 6-year-old Michael Phillips could easily have been a drowning victim. After seeing her brother floating face-down in the pool, Avery somehow pulled him out of the water. Haylie, who learned CPR at school, knew what to do next.More

Risk of heart attack high for fit middle-aged men
Middle-aged men are more fit than ever, and though that's the good news, the bad news is they may be putting themselves at risk of having a heart attack. According to the National Institutes of Health, the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, can be brought on by extreme physical stress, increases with age and affects men two to three times more often than women.More

Un-extraordinary measures: Stats show CPR often falls flat
Since it was introduced to American physicians in 1960, cardiopulmonary resuscitation has become a staple of emergency medicine. Between 2011 and 2012, more than 14 million people in 60 countries were trained in CPR administration, according to the American Heart Association. But recent studies suggest that the number of lives saved by CPR isn't as many as your favorite TV police drama would have you believe.More

Mental health scars common after cardiac arrest
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a new review of research estimates. This additional stress on recovering patients is under-diagnosed, researchers say, and doctors have few standard methods for identifying who is at risk.More

Tacoma-Pierce (Wash.) Chapter to raise money to buy AEDs for Washington state schools
The News Tribune
On Aug. 29, the Tacoma-Pierce (Wash.) Chapter of the SCAA, led by Carol Mathewson and Angela Taylor, will host a golf tournament at Highlands with a dinner, raffle and auction that evening. All proceeds go to purchasing AEDs for schools in Tacoma and Pierce Counties.More