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New International Heart Screening Guidelines for Athletes Could Help Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dear Mary,
Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. The majority of disorders likely to cause cardiac problems can be suggested or identified by ECG (electrocardiogram) testing, but doctors in this field must be fully aware of the latest ECG interpretation guidelines. In addition, athletes' hearts can be outside normal parameters, and it is important that accurate knowledge is disseminated so that athletes aren't unnecessarily advised to abandon a sporting career. More...

Sports Medicine Organization Issues Position Statement on Heart Screening

Lead author, Jonathan Drezner, MDMultiple international medical societies have endorsed a new position statement on cardiovascular pre-participation screening in athletes, which appeared in the February 2017 edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The statement, authored by Jonathan Drezner, MD, and colleagues, presents a reassessment of current standards, recognition of the differential risk of sudden cardiac arrest and death in various athlete populations, and a new framework to assist physicians when considering a screening ECG. The statement also respects physician autonomy to choose the most appropriate screening strategy. More...

Dr. Oz Demonstrates CPR on Today Show

Dr. Oz on Today ShowEach year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States experience cardiac arrest outside hospitals and only one in 10 survives. The survival rate could double, however, if victims are treated quickly with CPR. Dr. Mehmet Oz joined Matt Lauer on the TODAY show during American Heart Month to give a CPR refresher and show how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). More...

Amazing Save Caught on Camera

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone at any age. Several weeks ago, it happened to a San Diego man at a gym. But thanks to immediate response and the availability of an AED on site, this story has a happy ending. Watch as the victim slips off the treadmill and is instantly helped by gym personnel and bystanders. More...

Biggest Loser Host Wins Big

Bob Harper has been on the mend after suffering sudden cardiac arrest earlier this month that left him unconscious for days. The “Biggest Loser” host and fitness guru, who has helped counsel Americans wanting to lose weight on the reality TV series since 2004, reportedly collapsed during a workout at a New York City gym two weeks ago. Thankfully, a fellow gym-goer, who happened to be a doctor, administered CPR and used a defibrillator on the scene to keep him alive. More...

Texas Two-Step Brings CPR Training to the Masses

Dr. Oz at Texas Two-Step EventOn February 11-12, medical students from all 11 Texas medical schools joined forces with cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, his national non-profit HealthCorps, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, hospitals, and medical schools across the state for the 2nd Annual Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign. Free hands-only CPR training was offered at public sites in cities across Texas. (Photo credit: Scott Corron) More...

Nominate Your Hero for the 2017 People Saving People Award

Josh, Joe and Jess DevouBystander 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...

Save the Date

  • March 6-7: Youth Sports Safety Summit, Indianapolis, IN
  • 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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Thank You From the Bottom of My Still Beating Heart

Instructors and other advocates, if you would like to inspire your audiences, share this video, Together We Can Save More Lives. As survivor Walter Watts, says, For all the first responders, for all those learning CPR, for all the doctors and electrophysiologists, and everyone in the industry, thank you from bottom of my still beating heart.Click here to watch.

AED Readiness Project

It's not too late. Sign up by Friday, March 3rd for information on purchasing an automated external defibrillator through our partner, Enerspect Medical Solutions, and receive a free Family & Friends CPR Anytime kit. Certified pre-owned AEDs cost $450, new AEDs cost $995. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. More...

Join or Support Our Team!

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is one of 78 nonprofit organizations that will have a team at this year's 5K Highmark Walk 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, click here.

Enter a Video Contest for a Chance to Win an AED

One Person. One DecisionThe 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 use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Entries for the video contest are due October 23. “We encourage film students, schools, colleges, youth sports teams, places of worship, and other interested parties to develop videos, submit their entries for consideration, and find out how they measure up against the competition,” said Vinay Nadkarni, MD, president of the board of the Citizen CPR Foundation. More...

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 from the home to EMS to intensive care. ECCU will feature innovative content and speakers from around the world. Sudden cardiac arrest survivors and loved ones are encouraged to attend. More...

Join the SCA Network!

Whether you are a survivor or sudden cardiac arrest, family member of a survivor, or family member of someone who did not survive, consider joining the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network for the opportunity to connect with your peers, share your experiences, find support, and become advocates for the cause. Join here.

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