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Many Americans Are Afraid to Perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds. Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of Asians and 64 percent of Hispanics think they could injure the person, compared with 59 percent of Caucasians. Hispanics are also more likely than Caucasians to believe special training and certification are required to perform Hands-Only CPR. More...


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar

A recent study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and its partner StrataVerve revealed that despite its pervasiveness, sudden cardiac arrest is not on consumers’ radar. The public doesn’t understand the life-threatening nature of SCA or the fact that CPR and defibrillation—when provided immediately by bystanders—can restore life and preserve brain function. Our goal now is to conduct communications research to determine messaging that will resonate with laypersons and drive them to action. To support this research, click here.

To see examples of public perceptions of sudden cardiac arrest from our research, click here.

A Call to All Americans: Learn CPR

While we know that CPR saves lives, few Americans are trained in these lifesaving techniques. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of Americans do not know how to perform CPR. Even more concerning is the fact that in some communities, less than 15 percent of bystanders will perform CPR in an emergency situation. In sharp contrast to the U.S., in some European countries public health initiatives have proven successful in bolstering the numbers of trained citizens. More...

All Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Cases Should Be Transported to Cath-Lab Centers

People who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have a better chance of survival if they are transported directly to a center with a cardiac catheterization laboratory, regardless of distance, rather than simply being transported to the nearest hospital, according to new research conducted in Denmark. "Their chances are better if they are admitted directly for specialized post-resuscitation care with coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention, even if that center is farther away than a general hospital," said Dr. Tinne Tranberg. More...

Save the Date

  • May 13: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 3: Fire on Ice Hockey Fundraiser, Pittsburgh, PA
  • October 23: Deadline for People Saving People Award Nominations
  • October 23: Deadline for Video Contest Submissions
  • November 11-15: AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium, Anaheim, CA
  • December 4-8: Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, New Orleans, LA

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Join or Support Our Team

Join WDVE DJ Sean McDowell on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 13 in Pittsburgh, PA. All funds raised by our team (walkers and donors) will be used to support our mission to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives. To join or support our team, or to create your own fundraising page, click here.

Save the Date

Join us at the Second Annual Fire on Ice Hockey Fundraiser on June 3 in Pittsburgh, PA. Greater Pittsburgh Firefighters will be "facing off" against sudden cardiac arrest with one goal in mind to save lives by raising awareness and educating, through the work of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. More...

Spring Into Action

Need an AED? Check out the AED Readiness Project. Purchase an automated external defibrillator during April and receive a free Family & Friends CPR Anytime kit. Certified pre-owned AEDs cost $450 and new AEDs cost $995. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Nominate Your Hero for the 2017 People Saving People Award

Bystander intervention often means the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People™ award honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary spirits who have helped save the lives of SCA victims. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to intervene in sudden cardiac emergencies. More...

Enter a Video Contest for a Chance to Win an AED

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. More...

Focus on the Open White Space

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation provides an online community and forum for people affected by sudden cardiac arrest. Here is a recent example of survivors supporting survivors. "While no one can fully understand your personal journey back to anything considered 'normal,' please know there are folks out here who have gone through similar stretches of questions. When new skiing students are on the mountain they are often told to 'Watch out for the trees.' The unfortunate reality is, some students focus only on the trees and gravitate toward them." More...

Join the conversation. Join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network today.

Save the Dates

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference will be held in New Orleans December 5-8, with pre-conference workshops December 4-5. The science and practice of emergency cardiovascular care is changing rapidly. ECCU will feature innovative content and speakers from around the world. Sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their families are encouraged to attend. More...

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