What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?  SCA Fact Sheet

What is an AED and how do they work??   Find out here:  AED Fact Sheet

What can you do to prevent SCA??  Preventing SCA Fact sheet

SCA Survivor Handbook – Written as a tool for new SCA Survivors.  Access it here:  Survivor Handbook _v3

Is a heart attack the same as a sudden cardiac arrest??  NO!!!  A  heart attack is a plumbing problem.  Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem.  A heart attack can cause sudden cardiac arrest. Read more here:    SCA vs Heart Attack Fact Sheet

HeartSafe Communites

Coon Rapids HeartSafe Communites:

This is an excellent  produced by Coon Rapids HeartSafe demonstrating CPR and AED use.  Be the help!!!

Heart Failure – What is it and what does it have to do with SCA??   Heart Failure Fact Sheet

What is your Ejection Fraction and what does it have to do with SCA?   EF Fact sheet

What is an Implantible Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and what does it have to do with SCA??     ICD Fact sheet

What to Expect After Having a SCA
Are you or a loved one a new cardiac arrest survivor?? Over 40 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survivors have come together to provide information, guidance, personal stories and support as you and your family start your journey after SCA. Likely you’ve already spent time in the hospital, you may be in cardiac rehab, or your SCA event may have been years ago. Our hope is to help answer questions, prepare you for the next steps, and guide you to a healthy place where you can start to heal. Read the PDF Here.

Other links to partners and resources:

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association –
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is a national network of SCA Survivors. Provides information about SCA, its prevention and treatment, AED programs, educational tools, medical guidelines, and more.

Stevens County EMS-
Stevens County EMS offers classes and information on SCA and AED training.

Iowa SCA Survivor Group –

Medtronic Foundation Survive SCA –
The Medtronic HeartRescue Project is a collaborative effort to increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates.

CARE Foundation –
The Cardiac Arrhythmias Research and Education Foundation. Dedicated to providing funding for research and increasing awareness of unexpected sudden cardiac death due to acquired heart diseasde and inherited rhythm disorders.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association –
Provides information, support and advocacy related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

SADS Foundation –
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome Foundation website. Mission is to save the lives and support the families of children and yound adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities.

Chain of Survival –
Information on how to build an AED program.

American Heart Association –

American Red Cross –

Be the Beat –

Hands Only CPR –

Heart Rescue Project –

Heart Rhythm Foundation –

National Center for Early Defibrillation –

Parent Heart Watch –

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation –

Take Heart America  –

CPR Around the World  –

National Heart Safe Community –

Cardiac Science –

Defibtech –

Philips –

Physio-Control –

Heartsine –

Zoll –

Community Partners

The Minnesota SCA Survivor Network could not be as active as we are without the help and support of our Community Partners.

Businesses and organizations across Minnesota have helped us financially, allowed us to use their facilities, and/or donated the time of their employees.  These groups include hospitals, EMS organizations, public service agencies, community groups and individual supporters.

Our “heart-felt” thanks to all of them!

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