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Pacemakers and Other Cardiac Devices Can Help Solve Forensic Cases

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--Pacemakers and other cardiac devices can help solve forensic cases, according to a study presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2017.1 Devices revealed the time and cause of death in some cases where autopsy failed to do so.

“In forensic medicine around 30 percent of cases remain unsolved because the cause or time of death after autopsy remains unclear,” said lead author Philipp Lacour, MD, a cardiologist at Charité - Medical University of Berlin, Germany.

“The number of implanted cardiac devices with sophisticated diagnostic functions is increasing and we thought interrogating them might help to shed light on these unclear deaths,” he added. “Currently, device interrogation is not routinely performed after autopsy.”

Smartphone App Directs First Responders to Cardiac Arrest Three Minutes Before Emergency Services

Each minute increases the chance of survival by 10%

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--A novel smartphone application (app) has been developed that can direct first responders to cardiac arrest victims more than three minutes before the emergency services arrive. Each minute increases the chance of survival by 10%.

The EHRA First Responder App was created by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

American Workers Unprepared for Workplace Cardiac Emergencies, Surveys Find

With 10,000 cardiac arrests annually in the workplace, American Heart Association launches campaign advocating for workplace safety training and public access to AEDs

DALLAS, TX--Most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace because they lack training in CPR and First Aid, according to new survey results from the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

European Network Created to Find Cardiac Arrest Causes and Treatments

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--A European network has been created to find sudden cardiac arrest causes and compare treatments.

The European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) is backed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). It is being funded by a European Union Horizon 2020 grant.

Sudden cardiac arrest causes around 20% of all deaths in Europe. It is deadly within minutes if left untreated and survival rates are just 5–20%.

Can Use of a Drone Improve Response Times for Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests Compared to an Ambulance?

In a study involving simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, drones carrying an automated external defibrillator arrived in less time than emergency medical services, with a reduction in response time of about 16 minutes, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Wendi McLendon-Covey Featured in New Hands-Only CPR Video from the American Heart Association

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, teams up with actor-comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey to save lives. In a new Hands-Only CPR training video, produced with the support of the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc., McLendon-Covey makes certain viewers will always remember the two simple life-saving steps.

Conventional CPR Important for Children: Educational Efforts Should Intensify in Minority Communities

Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or no CPR.

The data indicates that “while a lot of the public health efforts have focused on Hands-Only CPR, I think that we need to emphasize that children need conventional CPR—and that they have better [neurological] outcomes,” said lead author Maryam Y. Naim, MD, an assistant professor of critical care medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Heart-felt Research Aims to Benefit Survivors of Cardiac Arrest