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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2008
Contact: Karen Tripmacher, Assistant Director

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“LONG ISLAND MIRACLES” ADVOCACY GROUP MEETING DECEMBER 9 "WHAT IS SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST?"

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital’s “Long Island Miracles” Advocacy Group, the Long Island Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, will feature a panel of cardiac nurses as guest speakers at their December 9, 2008 meeting, who will address “What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Can You Save a Life?” The meeting will be held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, located at 101 Mineola Boulevard, at the corner of Second Street in Mineola, and will begin at 7:00 PM.

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 that causes the heart to stop beating, and is often confused with a heart attack. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used in patients at risk for recurrent, sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation.



Guest speakers Kristy Almo, RN; Anna Holmes, RN; Catherine Torre, RN; and Jennifer Spinato, RN, from Winthrop’s Institute for Heart Care, will speak about sudden cardiac arrest, how important it is to understand it, and how you can save someone’s life with an AED (automated external defibrillator). A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

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

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