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West Penn Hospital to Provide Heart Screenings for Local Student-Athletes

Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged

PITTSBURGH, PA--Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged hearts, that are often the reason an athlete unexpectedly collapses on the court or field.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to Research from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Presented at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium

Nearly 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S., but the life-threatening condition is not on consumers’ radar, according to a study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve, presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Researchers found there is an urgent need to improve the public’s understanding of sudden cardiac arrest and the fact that immediate CPR and use of defibrillators can restore life.

Drone Delivery Could Shave Crucial Minutes off the Median Ambulance Response Times in Both Rural and Urban Regions

NEW ORLEANS, LA--Drone delivery could shave crucial minutes off the median ambulance response times in both rural and urban regions.
When a person goes into cardiac arrest, every passing minute hurts their chances of survival. Now, a group of University of Toronto researchers want to use drones to deliver life-saving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) rapidly and directly to homes.

Marijuana Use May Be Linked to Temporarily Weakened Heart Muscle

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CPR Skills Low Among Older Adults

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CPR from Bystanders Associated with Better Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Pediatric Patients

Receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander – compared with not – was associated with better overall and neurologically favorable survival for children and adolescents who had out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. The study is being presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Every year in the United States, more than 5,000 children experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and the outcome is generally poor, with a mortality rate greater than 90 percent. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends conventional CPR for pediatric cardiac arrest. However if the bystander is unable or reluctant to perform rescue breathing, the AHA recommends compression-only CPR (COR), noting that delivering COR is better than no CPR.

Do Nights, Weekends Affect Survival After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest in Hospital?

For hospitalized children, the rate of surviving to discharge was lower for those who had cardiac arrest with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at night compared with during the daytime and evening, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Nearly 6,000 children in the United States receive CPR in the hospital each year and many of these children do not survive to be discharged from the hospital. Some studies of adults have suggested patients have worse outcomes when they have cardiac arrest at night.

The Aftermath of Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH, PA--Life after survival from cardiac arrest is fraught with challenges for patients and loved ones alike, according to newly published research conducted among members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s online community, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network.

While contemporary research among survivors has focused on functional abilities and cognitive or neuropsychiatric measures, this study sought to identify themes unique and important to cardiac arrest survivors and their family members and friends, so that results could serve as a basis for future patient-centered interventions and resources.

Martin Gannon Elected to Serve on Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Martin J. Gannon, Vice President of Investments at Stifel in Bethel Park, PA, has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. As a financial advisor in wealth management, Gannon has more than 38 years of experience in helping clients identify and prioritize their objectives. He also has a strong history of community service, including involvement with youth sports, and fundraising for Seton LaSalle High School and building their alumni association.

Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research Celebrates Grand Opening at VCU

On Oct. 24, Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate the grand opening of the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building first floor lobby, 1217 E. Marshall St.

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