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Health Leaders Join to Elevate Sudden Cardiac Arrest to a National Public Health Priority
Date:4/18/2008

sful change in health outcomes related to SCA requires continued involvement from community and health leaders.

"The conference served as a platform to discuss the human impact caused by SCA and to build consensus solutions to overcome obstacles that the medical community confronts when diagnosing and treating SCA."

Goals of the leadership conference included:

-- Bringing together the nation's leading health influencers to develop a plan of action for educating the public about SCA and its risk factors, which will serve as the catalyst to institute national public awareness surrounding SCA.

-- Identifying and addressing ways to overcome existing health disparities to ensure all people are diagnosed properly and treated for SCA.

-- Developing a set of strategies to overcome current barriers that limit healthcare professionals' abilities to aggressively diagnose and treat patients.

The conference participants are developing a white paper with a number of proposed initiatives designed to galvanize leaders from the medical field, industry, government and patient advocacy groups.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SCA occurs when the lower chambers of the heart start beating very fast, weakly and abnormally, preventing the heart from pumping blood to the body and brain. Untreated, it leads to death within minutes. SCA is not a heart attack, when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked, resulting in damage due to a lack of oxygen. Rather, SCA is an electrical problem similar to a short in a wire, the intermitted signal causes the heart to pump erratically preventing blood flow, and oxygen from the heart from reaching the rest of the body.

About the National Medical Association

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c)(3) national professional and s
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