Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation


scaf-logoThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (EIN 43-2093206). Our mission is to “raise awareness and support programs that give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.” We work to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, including post-resuscitation care. Visit the SCA Foundation website to learn more.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a sudden and unexpected pulseless condition attributed to cessation of cardiac mechanical activity. It is usually caused by ventricular fibrillation, an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system. When SCA occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain, the heart, and the rest of the body, and the person collapses. In fact, the victim is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone helps immediately. SCA is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States and other countries.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 424,000 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year (more than 1,000/day) and nine out of 10 victims die. In fact, the number of people who die each year from SCA is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. SCA is a life-threatening condition–but it can be treated successfully through early intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support, and mild therapeutic hypothermia. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives, four out of 10 victims survive. Visit the SCA Foundation website to learn more.


The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been recognized as a 2013 Top-Ranked Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits. If you would like to help the SCA Foundation achieve its educational mission, please consider making a donation.

Click here to make a donation and support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Donations can be made in memory of loved ones lost to sudden cardiac arrest, to recognize rescuers involved in saving lives, and to commemorate a special occasion or anniversary.