SCAA Keep It Beating
Aug. 27, 2013

AEDs: A shocking shortage
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association has been working with Scripps Media to bring information about sudden cardiac arrest and ways to prevent needless deaths to the public through use of CPR and AEDs. This series of articles and videos will highlight the use and maintenance of AEDs and AED laws by state. Scripps also hopes to use crowdsourcing to help map AED locations in all public places.More

The SCAA Industry Partner Program — A new brand of partnership
When the SCAA launched our new Industry Partner Program, we knew that this was the most ambitious and diverse support program ever developed and launched by the association. We need the support of good companies — companies ready and willing to join with the SCAA in partnership — to combat this national crisis. Bill Carney, Executive Director of the SCAA, feels that the SCAA, together with industry partnership, will be able to prevent needless cardiac death through education, training and understanding of the need for screening and early detection of heart problems.More

Does cough CPR work?
If you think you are having a heart attack should you try to stabilize your heartbeat by coughing every 20-30 seconds as you drive yourself to the hospital? If you are alone, the best thing you can do is to pull over and call 911. At least if you lose consciousness your signal is going to go through. There is no scientific evidence showing that coughing can be used as self-help CPR during a heart attack. Actually you are wasting precious time that can be used in calling for help.More

Goodswipe helps raise money for SCAA
Goodswipe has become the newest, easiest and most convenient way to raise money for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. These are great reasons to sign up NOW to help us in our mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths from the sudden cardiac arrest crisis. Goodswipe raises donations when you swipe your credit or debit card at stores like Gap, Burger King, Kmart, 711, Old Navy, Regal Cinemas and more — in more than 50,000 spots nationwide.

Plus, Goodswipe uses secure bank-level encryption from Intuit (the makers of Quicken and QuickBooks), so your information is safe. It also allows you to keep your usual card rewards and earn donations for the SCAA.

Thousands are already "Goodswiping," so make sure you don't miss out either on this easy, convenient and secure way to raise money for our cause!More

A message from Steve Tannenbaum
A recent article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that "Brooklyn appeals court limits liability of school in student's death" and featured a large photograph of an automated external defibrillator at the top of the article. This layout could potentially leave the impression in a reader's mind that the use of the defibrillator, or the lack of use of the defibrillator, might have been a factor in causing the death of a student.More

'Virtual heart' precision-guides defibrillator placement in children with heart disease
The small size and abnormal anatomy of children born with heart defects often force doctors to place lifesaving defibrillators entirely outside the heart, rather than partly inside — a less-than-ideal solution to dangerous heart rhythms that involves a degree of guesstimating and can compromise therapy. Now, by marrying simple MRI images with sophisticated computer analysis, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers says it may be possible to take the guesswork out of the process.More

Madden legislation establishing statewide database on children's sudden cardiac events signed into law in New Jersey
Legislation sponsored by New Jersey Senator Fred Madden, D-Gloucester, Camden, that would require the reporting of children's sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law.More

Airlift Northwest sets CPR record while saving patient
University of Washington School of Medicine
When Brandon Hopper decided to explore the wilderness in Greenwater, Wash., on May 16, 2011, he anticipated finding a herd of elk — he didn't expect his heart to stop. Born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital defect that causes the heart muscle to grow excessively thick, the then 19-year-old Hopper collapsed and stopped breathing. His two companions were quick on their feet. One immediately began CPR; the other ran to get help — they were out of cell phone range.More

5 keys to success for automated external defibrillator programs
Occupational Health & Safety
While it is rare that an sudden cardiac arrest will occur in the workplace, sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time, so having an AED and employees prepared to respond can make the difference if a sudden cardiac arrest occurs. While choosing a defibrillator and setting up your AED program require diligence, there are a few simple steps that will help you maximize your program's effectiveness and ensure it will perform should the need arise.More

High school student comes to grips with surviving sudden cardiac arrest
The Columbian
Heidi Stewart, a high school senior suffered sudden cardiac arrest at school Feb. 12 and was later diagnosed with a rare heart condition, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy, found in 1 out of every 5,000 people in the U.S. The odds say she shouldn't be here.More

CPR saved little boy's life
Lochaber News
The father of a two-year-old boy who almost drowned in a swimming pool says the emergency CPR he and others administered saved his life. Duncan Rodger never expected to have to use the life-saving technique, which he learnt through his work, for real. But it proved crucial after he found his son unconscious in their holiday pool and he has now called on others to take the time to learn the simple life-saving method.More

Nurse saves umpire at softball nationals
NWI Times
Fred Maxey, 53, was umpiring the bases Aug. 2 at the ASA/USA 14-and-under Softball Nationals held in Normal, Ill., before fate introduced him to Liles, an ICU medical surgical nurse from Bremen, Ga. Maxey was working a game when he started experiencing shortness of breath. Soon, Maxey was down on his knees. More

Girl, 11, uses CPR to save drowning sister
The Republic
If it weren't for the actions of her older sister, Gracie Singh might not be celebrating her ninth birthday. Gracie was taking a bath in her Scottsdale, Ariz., home on June 30 when she suffered a seizure, went underwater and turned blue. When her mother, Emile Singh, found Gracie minutes later, she immediately screamed for family members to help and call 911. Chloe Singh, 11, was in her room when she heard her mother. She ran into the bathroom and knew exactly what to do.More

Post-mortem MRI may detect cause of sudden cardiac death
Researchers were able to identify chronic, subacute, acute and peracute MI using post-mortem cardiac MRI on human forensic corpses of patients who experienced sudden cardiac death. The imaging technique, they wrote, may offer a viable alternative to clinical autopsy.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

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. The findings underscore the importance of having AEDs in places where people exert themselves and are at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest.More

In Our Genes — Living with Inherited Heart Disease
The San Francisco Bay Area of Chapter of the SCAA was invited to take part in a meeting at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease . Chapter Leader, Anita Grogan and SCA Survivors Caralee Weich and Theresa Doede attended and were very enthused to support the upcoming Conference that was being planned. There were many other Support and Advocacy groups who were also in attendance.

This Conference, IN OUR GENES — Living with Inherited Heart Disease, will benefit the many persons and families who are interested or affected by inherited heart disease. Please take the time to contact the Stanford Center and check out the Brochure with the agenda and list of the many speakers and topics . There will also be an opportunity during the Conference to visit "The Wellness and Resource" and "the Research and Testing" rooms for an opportunity to talk with members of the Stanford team.

Many of the Community advocates and Support groups will have tables with information available. The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will be present and our Members and SCA Survivors will look forward to meeting attendees.More

4th Annual 'Keep the Beat' Golf Tournament
The SCAA East Valley-Phoenix Chapter is preparing for their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Arizona Golf Resort. If you would like to sponsor the event, click here or contact Vicki White, chapter leader.More