May 3rd, 2011

S-ICD is Viable Alternative to Conventional Implantable Defibrillators

A multi-center Dutch study presented at Heart Rhythm 2011 shows effectiveness of subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator system in largest clinical observation to date

April 28th

High School Senior Dies in Gym

CHICAGO--Paul Simmons, a 17-year-old senior at Marist Catholic High School, collapsed on the school gym playing the game he loved Thursday night, dying hours later from an undetected genetic heart condition.

April 26th

Lady Gaga Fan Saved with AED at Concert

NASHVILLE--At a recent Lady Gaga concert in Tennessee, 33-year-old Crystal Thorton suffered a seizure and her heart stopped beating.  In a crowded show, EMTs were able to respond quickly, and with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), were able to get her heart beating again after five minutes.  Doctors said Friday that without the EMTs having access to an AED, Thorton would not have survived.

April 22nd

Canadian Prime Minister Announces $10 Million Plan for AEDs in Hockey Arenas and Recreation Centers

CONCEPTION BAY, NL, Canada--Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a $10 million plan to fund life-saving automated external defibrillators and related training in hockey arenas and community recreation centers across Canada.

April 19th

iRescU App Featured in AM New York

iRescU, a mobile application designed to help bystanders resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), was featured today in a story in AM NewYork about five free mobile apps that can save a life. iRescU is being developed by an international team, led by Nadine Levick, MD, of the EMS Safety Foundation.  Among other things, iRescU provides instruction in CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), plus the location of the nearest AED. It may be described as the "Wikipedia" of resuscitation apps, since interested parties worldwide can provide AED locations that will be universally available through cloud technology.

April 13th

SCA Survivor Provides Cardiac Screenings To California Families & Athletes

Holly Morrell of Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is expanding her efforts to provide more low-cost cardiac screenings to Orange County families and athletes. Holly's involvement with cardiac screening is dedicated to the memory of her 6 family members, including her father, who lost their lives to this insidious condition. Three other family members are living with HCM and have Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs). Holly was first diagnosed with HCM in 2002. She received an ICD in July, 2002.

Please help share the word about Heartfelt Cardiac Projects Screenings!

Upcoming Screening Dates/Locations:



"Peace of screening at a time."

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

Holly Morrell
Founder/Exec. Dir
Heartfelt Cardiac Projects
Tel 949. 494.6575

April 12th

SCA Coalition Elects 2011 Leadership

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, an ad hoc coalition of more than 40 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a common interest in preventing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), has elected new leadership. The 2011 Co-Chairs of the Coalition, Lisa Levine, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), and Mary Newman, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCA FDN), will lead the Coalition in pursuit of its mission to work collaboratively on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that influence greater public awareness, funding for research, and improved access to lifesaving therapies. 

April 8th

Teen Dies in Gym Class

NEW BOSTON, Texas — A 15-year-old Northeast Texas boy has died after collapsing at school during gym class. Superintendent Gary VanDeaver with New Boston High School says Steave Surratt collapsed shortly before noon Thursday. VanDeaver says a defibrillator, at the school, was used on the boy. The freshman died later at a Texarkana hospital. Van Deaver said he was informed by a doctor that Surratt suffered sudden cardiac arrest.An autopsy has been ordered.

April 6th

Hypothermia Shown to Improve Odds of Survival and Outcomes for SCA Survivors

The successful use and evaluation of therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival and reduce the risk of neurological consequences following an out-of-hospital heart attack are explored in the premier issue of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a new quarterly peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. This groundbreaking new publication covers all aspects of hypothermia and temperature considerations relevant to this exciting field, including its application in cardiac arrest, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, stroke, myocardial ischemia, neurogenic fever, emergency medicine, ICU management, anesthesiology, pediatrics, and much more. The inaugural issue is available free online here. 

When the pieces are in place, it works most of the time. PLEASE get trained and get your friends and family members trained.

CLINTON TWP. — A 16-year-old girl collapsed in cardiac arrest during cheerleader tryouts at North Hunterdon High School on Tuesday night and was flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital after receiving CPR from police, school staff and a parent.She was “awake and doing OK” at the hospital this morning, according to school spokeswoman Maren Smagala. The victim’s mother told police that her daughter suffers from sports-induced asthma, which may have caused the attack.

The school this afternoon issued a statement congratulating the coaches and cheerleaders “for acting quickly and bravely during cheerleading tryouts last night.”

As part of tryouts, the girls were jogging through the hallways of the school when the junior collapsed in a second-floor hallway and went into a seizure, Clinton Township police said. Other girls reported noticing that she was experiencing shortness of breath before she collapsed.

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