About SCA

“I was saved by CPR, an AED and someone like YOU.”

Each year, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes more than six million lives worldwide. SCA often happens without warning, and when it happens, it is often devastating. It can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. SCA can strike regardless of age, race or gender, affecting all ages from infants to seniors.

With a survival rate of five percent or less, SCA …

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Winners of the Project ADAM Poster Contest for Schools

Congratulations to the winners of the Project ADAM Poster Contest sponsored by HeartSine. Open to all public elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S., Project ADAM ran the poster contest as an effort to raise awareness to the importance of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Each winning school is being awarded a complete CPR/AED package that include a …

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Defibrillators coming to school

It was Pauline Burke’s worst nightmare. She watched as her son, Eoin Bloomer, then a junior at Half Moon Bay High School, was pulled out of the water by a lifeguard. He had swum three laps without taking a breath, a common drill, according to Burke. But now he wasn’t breathing. Read the original article at Half Moon …

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Close to My Heart

Watch this short documentary that takes a look at the massive loss of life in the United Kingdom due to sudden cardiac arrest and explores ways that the death rate can be dramatically reduced. Watch the short documentary.

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Study Shows AEDs and Early Responders Key to Survival of SCA-Stricken Marathon Runners

Early use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can dramatically improve survival of marathon runners who suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), shows a study published in the October edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (Vol. 44, No. 10, pages 1843-1845).

Eighty-eight U.S. medical race directors who participated …

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AED Awareness: Are You Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. SCA strikes from 400,000 to 460,000 people a year in North America with no warning and no pattern. Only 5–10% currently survives nationwide.

When SCA strikes, there’s little time to react and even less time to think. Think about the many public places you go each day – such as …

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Defibrillator Used Successfully to Save 65 Year Old Tennis Player from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The story of a 65-year old tennis player being rescued using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) shows that the investment in an AED can quickly pay off. Read the original article in English or German.

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You’re more likely to survive a heart attack in a Swiss brothel than in a public building in Britain

Robin Shepherd, one of those spearheading the drive to increase the number of devices, says ‘You’re better off having a cardiac arrest in a casino in the U.S., a brothel in Switzerland, on an airplane or in a train because they have defibrillators and can get to you within those critical first five minutes.” Read the original Daily Mail article.

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First Aid with a Defibrillator: Odysso (SWR-TV) puts an AED to the test in Stuttgart

Odysso does a test…

Every minute counts in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). A lot of time can pass even until the Emergency Services arrive. Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are therefore now found in many public places, so that, in the case of an emergency lay people can also help. They say even a child can use …

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Danville Doctor Adjusts to Life after Cardiac Arrest

AUG. 9, 2008 was the day that Danville doctor Joseph Farrell died.

The then-56-year-old was at a memorial dinner in Rocklin when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Turning a blackish blue, Farrell dropped to the floor.

“I thought he was choking at first,” says his wife, Edie Farrell. But he wasn’t choking. His heart had stopped. Read the original

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