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SCA Incidence Declining, One in Three Victims Survives When Event is Witnessed


OHCA 2015, Sudden Cardiac Arrest FoundationAccording to a newly released report, “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2015 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association,” about 326,200 people experienced EMS-assessed sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals in the U.S. in 2011. This is a decline from the incidence reported last year. Average survival rates remain low, however. Of those treated by emergency medical services, only 10.6 percent survived. Survival rates were much higher (31.4 percent) in bystander-witnessed cases in which individuals had a heart rhythm that could be treated effectively with a defibrillator. "The findings from the American Heart Association report suggest encouragement and caution," said Bobby V. Khan, MD, PhD, Director, Atlanta Vascular Research Foundation, who serves as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation board chair. More...

Thank You!

Heart ornamentThank you to all who contributed your time, talent and treasure to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation during 2014. We sincerely appreciate your support for our mission to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives.

Are You Ready?

Got AED?The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Enerspect Medical Solutions have joined forces to launch the AED Readiness Project, a national initiative to improve access to automated external defibrillators in homes, schools, small businesses, and places of worship that might otherwise lack opportunities to acquire the lifesaving devices. A portion of the purchase price is a tax-deductible contribution to the nonprofit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and supports its mission to raise awareness and help save lives. More...


  • February 25-28, 2015: EMS Today, Baltimore, MD
  • March 2: Youth Sports Safety Summit, Dallas, TX
  • March 13-16, 2015: American College of Cardiology, San Diego, CA
  • May 13-16, 2015: Heart Rhythm, Boston, MA
  • May 16: Highmark Walk, Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 1-7, 2015: National CPR-AED Awareness Week
  • October: National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
  • December 7-11, 2015: ECCU, San Diego, CA

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Dream On!

Adam Greenlee, Jr. and IU playersAdam Greenlee, Jr., was the picture of health and had never exhibited any medical concerns. Everything changed on January 7th, 2014. It started out just like every other day for Adam, then 11 and a sixth grader at Bedford Middle School in Westport, Connecticut. His mom, René, dropped him off at school. His first period class was gym, which started out with a light jog as a warm-up exercise. Adam, who was feeling fine the entire morning, took one step and collapsed. No one was certain exactly what had happened, but he was unresponsive and his condition was deteriorating rapidly. In less than one minute, he had gone into sudden cardiac arrest. More...

New Insights into HCM

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathyAs many as 500,000 people in the United States have an inheritable and potentially fatal heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  The disease can cause irregular heartbeats, heart valve problems, heart failure and, in rare cases, sudden cardiac death in young people. But some people who carry gene mutations that cause HCM never experience symptoms. A new study helps explain why. More...

Cardiac Arrest in Youth

According to the “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2015 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association,” approximately 6,328 individuals <18 years of age in the U.S. experienced EMS-assessed sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals in the U.S. in 2011. Of the deaths that occurred, 29 percent occurred in blacks, 54 percent in high school students, and 82 percent with physical exertion during competition/training. The average survival rate was 7.3 percent. Survival rates were much higher (53.3 percent) in bystander-witnessed cases in which individuals had a heart rhythm that could be treated effectively with a defibrillator. More...

The Role of Screening in Young, Competitive Athletes

Asif Irfan, MDSudden cardiac death is the leading medical cause of death in athletes. In a new article published in Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, Irfan Asif, MD, of the Greenville TN Health System and Kimberly Harmon, MD, of the University of Washington, present a review of the literature on screening for sudden cardiac death in young competitive athletes. The authors conclude: "It seems the primary issue related to screening should not be whether to include ECG (electrocardiograms), but how to develop the infrastructure to perform them." More...

States Slow to Adopt Best Practices for Sports Physicals

Shane Caswell, PhDA team led by George Mason University researchers says not enough is being done uniformly across the United States to ensure the safety of children when it comes to detecting cardiac and other health conditions through sports physicals. In an article published in Pediatrics, Shane Caswell, PhD, and colleagues examined current policies in 50 states and in Washington, D.C., and found that while 98 percent of states require a physical exam before sports participation, 53 percent of the states use outdated or generic forms. More...

Wouldn't It Be Amazing to Save Someone's Life?

SCA FDN PSASusan Koeppen is a news anchor at KDKA TV, Pittsburgh, mother of three, and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. She is also the National Spokesperson for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. View Susan's compelling testimony in this 30-second public service announcement.

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