Tag Archives: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

Family of Montana SCA victim donates AED to fire department

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association’s Big Sky Chapter Leader Daniel Turell with Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brent Peters and the Powerheart AED donated by the Duran family. (Photo: by Jennifer Ries) The Laurel, Montana, Volunteer Fire Department has a newautomated external defibrillator(AED), thanks to fundraising events hosted by the family of the late Leo Duran […]

Teen who survived sudden cardiac arrest helps rescue classmate

Ward Alternative School Principal Grady Pruitt with Powerheart AED donated by the Indianapolis chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Assocation. Wtih him, left to right: Kristi Polcsak, her son Tyler Byall, and school nurse Mary Hess. 18-year-old Fort Wayne, Indiana, high school senior Tyler Byall has confronted sudden cardiac arrest, not just once but twice in the […]

Remembering Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association co-founder Jack Grogan: Cardiac Science for the week of March 8

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association remembers co-founder Jack Grogan In 2002, retired IBM executive Jack Grogan suffered sudden cardiac arrest while on an airplane awaiting takeoff from Chicago. Revived using an onboardautomated external defibrillator (AED), Grogan subsequently underwent triple-bypass surgery. The experience inspired him to campaign for AED awareness and to co-found the nationalSudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA). Grogan also […]

Long QT Syndrome: Jackie Perry Renfrow loses TWO children

Editor’s Note: The author of today’s guest blog post, Jackie Renfrow, found out about Long QT Syndrome only after the hereditary disease devastated her family. Now she campaigns for public awareness and heart safety so that other families will be spared. Like all parents, I worried about my children. As Jimmy and Crissy were growing up they […]

Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Heart attack vs. cardiac arrest: Reports indicating a Michael Jackson cardiac arrest in late June 2009 generated much interest in the difference between sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and a heart attack. What is a heart attack? According to the American Medical Association (AMA), a heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle itself — […]