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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2008
Contact: Karen Tripmacher, Assistant Director

Community Relations & Special Projects

516) 663-2234


WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST SUPPORT & ADVOCACY GROUP

Mineola, NY – As part of its ongoing commitment to the provision of comprehensive health care and support services for the community, Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the formation of a Long Island Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. The new chapter, known as “Long Island Miracles,” will operate through Winthrop’s renowned Institute for Heart Care, and will offer support groups and advocacy for patients with heart disease and their families. The first meeting will be held Monday, March 31, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Boulevard at the corner of Second Street in Mineola.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an abrupt loss of heart function. A major health problem, it kills an estimated 325,000 people each year in the United States. It 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 benefit from CPR and quick access to defibrillation to shock the heart back into rhythm. The mission of Long Island Miracles is to promote community awareness; provide support for survivors of cardiac arrest, their families and friends; and to advocate for increased presence of AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) in our communities.

Todd J. Cohen, MD, Director of Electrophysiology, Director of the Pacemaker Arrhythmia Center and Director of Advanced Electrophysiology Technologies at Winthrop, will provide a presentation on SCA, as well as discuss possible underlying causes and who might be appropriate for screening. Survivors will tell their stories to increase awareness about SCA and the importance of immediate treatment with a defibrillator.

The meeting will be moderated by Long Island Miracles’ Chairperson, Andrea Ellinger, RN, a cardiac care nurse at Winthrop’s Institute for Heart Care. For further information or to reserve a seat, please call (516) 663-3889 or e-mail longislandmiracles@suddencardiacarrest.org.

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