New Web Tool to Unite Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors and Those at Risk

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The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) launched its new on-line discussion community. The aim of the virtual community is to foster peer-to-peer communication and information sharing.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association announces the launch of its new online discussion community. The aim of the virtual community is to foster peer-to-peer communication and information sharing via the web. It is designed to be the meeting place for everyone desiring to connect with others interested in or affected by sudden cardiac arrest -- survivors, those at risk, family, friends medical and emergency services professionals, teachers and others. "SCAA intends to become the hub of on-line discussions related to sudden cardiac arrest," stated Richard Brown, board chair. Registration for the online community is free of charge to the public.

"Our new discussion groups add the human dimension to go beyond sudden cardiac arrest facts and figures," said Diane Canova, the Association's executive director. "Participants are encouraged to share experiences, ask questions and seek support," Ms. Canova added. To learn more about this unique and exciting on-line community, go to http://www.suddencardiacarrest.org.

SCAA partnered with ClinicaHealth, the leading provider of social networks dedicated to health and wellness, to bring this service to the Association's members and others impacted by sudden cardiac arrest. "Online social networks aren't new -- but in areas related to health and wellness, we're now using them in new and exciting ways," said Brian Loew, founder and CEO of ClinicaHealth (http://www.clinicahealth.com).

SCAA and ClinicaHealth are confident that the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Community launched today will embody many of the same characteristics that have made ClinicaHealth's online communities so essential to so many people -- new virtual avenues to seek and provide emotional support and to share timely and helpful news and information.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on identifying and uniting sudden cardiac arrest survivors, those at risk of SCA and others interested in saving lives in their communities and beyond. SCAA is dedicated to providing solutions to prevent sudden cardiac death, including increased awareness, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training, immediate bystander action, public access to defibrillation (PAD) and access to medical devices and therapies, principally ICDs, implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

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