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Erectile Dysfunction Means Increased Risk for Heart Disease, Including Cardiac Arrest, Regardless of Other Risk Factors

Study Highlights:
  • Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk for heart attacks, cardiac arrests, strokes and sudden cardiac death.
  • New study provides strongest link to date between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular risk.
  • Erectile dysfunction can be an important factor for physicians in gauging cardiovascular risk.
  • Men with erectile dysfunction warrant further testing and more aggressive management of cardiovascular risk factors.

DALLAS, TX--Erectile dysfunction (ED) indicates greater cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors, such as cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure, according new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Drones May Soon Help Save People in Cardiac Arrest

Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver lifesaving defibrillators to people suffering cardiac arrest in areas not quickly reached by ambulances.

Scientists Unravel Brain Networks of Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains.

Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best treat patients’ brains post-cardiac arrest. She recently completed work on a study funded by the American Heart Association in which she and a team of researchers uncovered important connections in the brain of comatose patients that might help doctors know how best to treat them.

Lifesaving Information is Not Always a Phone Call Away

Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago.

Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher trained to give instructions in CPR on the other end of the line. But not every distraught caller dialing for emergency help can find the same kind of help. There is no uniform standard or training across the country.

Timing Resuscitation Compressions Using the Song 'La Macarena' or a Smartphone App Improve Compression Quality

New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark shows that the quality of chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be improved by using either a smartphone app or by using the song "La Macarena" as a mental memory aid.

The study is by Professor Enrique Carrero Cardenal and colleagues at the University of Barcelona, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, and Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Spain.

Parent Heart Watch and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Join Forces to Urge the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use AEDs to Help Save Lives

Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation have joined forces to urge the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. The co-sponsored Call-Push-Shock campaign is being launched to coincide with National CPR and AED Awareness Week June 1-7, a national observance designated by Congress in 2007.

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Babbitt is Vice President and co-founder of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named in memory of her son and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death.

IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

CHANTILLY, VA--The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a position statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone application (app) as a unique solution to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between a cardiac arrest event and arrival of medical assistance.

Joe Farrell Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Joe Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT, FAPTA has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Farrell recently retired as a Doctor of Physical Therapy after 40 years of clinical practice. For over three decades he has been involved in post graduate education as Senior Clinical Fellowship faculty member of the Northern California Kaiser Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program. He has served on five professional boards during his physical therapy career and is currently serving as Secretary of the PulsePoint Foundation, an Advisory Consultant for the Via Heart Project, and member of the Advisory Committee of the HeartSafe Committee (HSC) of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in San Ramon, California.

Join the National Effort to Teach Bystanders to Save a Life During EMS Week, May 20-26, 2018

May 20-26, 2018, is the 44th annual National EMS Week. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” To mark the occasion, American Medical Response, International Association of Fire Chiefs and American College of Emergency Physicians are joining forces to provide training in bleeding control and CPR during EMS Week.

Here are some suggestions on how to join the effort:

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