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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Launches Iowa Affiliate
Date:1/8/2008

Des Moines-based Group Will Work Statewide to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest Through Public Education and Advocacy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) announced today that it has incorporated Iowa AED Access for All as an affiliate as it builds a network of local organizations to help carry out its mission of preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

The Iowa SCAA affiliate is led by Mary Tappe of Ankeny, Iowa, who is a survivor of sudden cardiac arrest. Mary founded the organization "AED Access for All," which has been working in Iowa to broaden deployment of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide support for SCA survivors, conduct CPR training, and educate the public about sudden cardiac arrest.

"We are excited about our new affiliation with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association," said Mary Tappe. "By joining forces with the national organization, we will have broader visibility and be able to make a bigger impact across Iowa and to ultimately save more lives. We want to expand the presence of AEDs in our communities and our schools and also make people more aware of the risks of sudden cardiac arrest so that they can be better informed about their health care."

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading killer in the U.S., striking more than 350,000 annually, with a survival rate of only about five percent. The death rate for SCA exceeds the combined death rate of breast cancer, lung cancer, stroke and HIV/AIDS. SCA is triggered by an electrical problem with the heart that causes the heart to stop beating, and is often confused with a heart attack. SCA victims can often be revived with CPR and quick access to defibrillation to shock the heart back into rhythm. While there are more AEDs in public facilities and more patients implanted with Internal Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs), broader AED deployment and better patient understanding of the condition is cr
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