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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Launches Kansas City Chapter
Date:1/8/2008

Kansas City-based Group Will Work 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 launched a Kansas City chapter as it builds a network of local organizations to help carry out its mission of preventing sudden cardiac arrest

(SCA).

The Kansas City SCAA chapter is led by Patrick Emmett of Overland Park, Kansas, who is a survivor of sudden cardiac arrest. Pat founded the "Heart of America Survivor Corporation" which has been working in the Kansas City region to expand the deployment of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide support for SCA survivors, and educate the public about sudden cardiac arrest.

"We are excited about our new affiliation with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association," said Patrick Emmett. "As part of a national organization, we will have broader visibility and be able to make a bigger impact across the Kansas City metropolitan area and to ultimately save more lives. We want to expand the presence of AEDs in our communities and also make people more aware of the risks of sudden cardiac arrest so that they can be better informed about their health care. We are also devoted to informing the public about rapid compression CPR to help save more lives."

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 Def
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