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Group Takes First Steps Toward Creation of a National Collaborative on Cardiac Arrest

BETHESDA, MD -- The first meeting of a ‘National Cardia

Pennsylvania Survivor Luncheon Celebrates New Beginnings

LANCASTER, PA -- Pennsylvania sudden cardiac arrest survivors, family members, EMS leaders and other emergency care providers gathered in Lancaster, PA, on Saturday to celebrate new beginnings. The luncheon was sponsored by Penn Medicine, the PA Heart Rescue Project, and the PA Department of Health, in partnership with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. It was spearheaded by Ben Abella, MD, and David Buckler, NRP.

Father of the Bride Collapses at Wedding – Dramatically Showing Need for Public Access to AEDs

The best day of Ralla Shrit’s life turned into her worst nightmare in a matter of seconds. As she was cutting the cake at her wedding reception, her 60-year-old father collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom. For 10 excruciating minutes, nobody could find the hotel’s automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Thanks to physicians at the wedding who performed CPR until an AED was located and used, Shrit’s father survived and is expected to make a full recovery. But she’s upset that hotel staff couldn’t immediately find the lifesaving device – and she wants to make sure others don’t die because of similar delays during cardiac emergencies in public places.

Pennsylvania Firefighters to Face Off Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH, PA--For the second year in a row, Greater Pittsburgh Firefighters will be "facing off" against sudden cardiac arrest with one goal in mind—to save lives by raising awareness and educating through the work of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The second annual Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh.

Three Little Letters That Could Make You A Big Hero At The Beach This Summer: CPR

New study shows that bystander CPR is associated with favorable neurological survival for drowning victims in cardiac arrest

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Imagine yourself relaxing at the beach when the worst happens -- someone notices a boy in trouble in the water. In the mad rush to get him to shore, you have two choices: wait for emergency responders to arrive or start administering CPR yourself.

Chances of Receiving CPR At Home Decreases With Age

Updated data from Penn Medicine CPR survey underscores training disparities among older adults

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The likelihood of a family member or friend stepping in to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a person suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at home decreases with the victim's age, suggests a new study from Penn Medicine that also found low CPR training rates among older Americans.

The results were published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Two UK Groups Recommend New Standard Sign for AEDs

Both the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation are committed to saving lives through ensuring more people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest from increased public education and awareness.

Female Medical Students Perform CPR Less Efficiently Than Male Counterparts

Does it matter whether a man or a woman carries out CPR? Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have shown that female resuscitation teams performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation less efficiently than their male counterparts. The study suggests that there is a need for action in the training of young female physicians. The scientific journal Critical Care Medicine has published the results.

Bystander CPR, Defibrillation Reduce Long-Term Odds of Brain Damage, Death

When a bystander gives CPR or applies an automatic defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year.

A Danish study has concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death from any cause, brain damage or nursing home admission by one third in people who are still alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest.

Most previous studies have looked at whether people who get CPR or defibrillation manage to survive or escape serious injury by the 30-day mark.

Researchers Find New Source of Dangerous Electrical Instability in the Heart

Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation – an erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability – is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, researchers have discovered a fundamentally new source of that electrical instability, a development that could potentially lead to new methods for predicting and preventing life-threatening cardiac fibrillation.

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