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Nearly 1,000 People Suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest Outside Hospitals Each Day in the U.S.

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There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update. According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic OHCA is estimated to be 356,500, including 7,037 children. Other highlights of the report include:

  • The majority of cardiac arrests outside hospitals (70 percent) occur at a home or residence.
  • Survival to hospital discharge after EMS-treated cardiac arrest is about 11 percent.
  • When cardiac arrest is witnessed and victims have a heart rhythm that can be treated with a defibrillator, survival rates increase to about 35 percent.
  • The incidence of bystander CPR and layperson use of AEDs has increased slightly over time. More...

Shock From Heart Device Often Triggers Further Health Care Needs

A shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may trigger an increase in health care needs for many people, regardless whether the shock was medically necessary, according to a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The study also found that whether the shock was appropriate or inappropriate patients often underwent invasive cardiac procedures afterward. Authors suggest programming strategies that reduce ICD shocks may reduce healthcare costs and improve patient health.


Nominate Your Hero for the 2017 People Saving People Award

Ira Gura, left, with his hero Mike VannemanBystander 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

  • February 23-25: EMS Today, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 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
  • November 11-15: AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium, Anaheim, CA
  • December 4-8: Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, New Orleans, LA

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South Dakota Law Would Result in 10,000 More Trained Citizens a Year

Co-sponsor Sen. Larry TidemannIt takes an average of 10 minutes for a first responder to arrive to an emergency after calling 911 in South Dakota. In rural areas, it can take even longer. So if a person suffers sudden cardiac arrest, there are likely to be fatal consequences. South Dakota legislators will address this issue when they consider Senate Bill 140, a proposal to require all South Dakota high school students to take a course in “hands only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation and instruction in the use of automated external defibrillators. State Sen. Larry Tidemann and Rep. Jean Hunhoff are the lead sponsors of the bill, which would yield more than 10,000 CPR-trained citizens to the state each year if passed. More...

Help Raise Awareness: Share this Video

Instructors and other advocates, if you need to inspire your audiences, share this video during American Heart Month. As survivor Rick Chap says, "We are all born with CPR tools right here in our own hands." Click here to watch.


AED Readiness Project

Purchase an automated external defibrillator during February 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 about 75 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

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 use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Entries for the video contest are due October 23, 2017. “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, and find support. Join here.

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