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Research Shows More Americans Expect to Find AEDs in a Wide Range of Locations

Harris Interactive national survey documents significant increases in locations where the American public expects lifesaving equipment to be found when sudden cardiac arrest strikes

PHILADELPHIA, PA--CardioReady, a leader in helping organizations prevent fatalities from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), today announced the results of the second annual installment of a national survey, which it commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct. The February 2015 results confirm large increases in Americans' expectations regarding the presence of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a broad array of locations.

Los Angeles Fire Department Partners with PulsePoint Foundation


The Los Angeles Fire Department has joined with the PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Angelenos via PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR. 

How a Smart Phone App Can Help You Save a Life

When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, they need immediate help. That’s because the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest drops 10 percent for every minute that passes before they receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A smartphone app called PulsePoint Respond aims to solve that problem by connecting people struck by sudden cardiac arrest with the people who can give them help during the time it takes for emergency medical service (EMS) workers to arrive.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and becomes irregular. The heart beats dangerously fast and blood is not distributed to the body. In the first few minutes, blood flow to the brain may be reduced so drastically that a person loses consciousness. Death follows unless treatment is begun immediately.

Brown’s Resolution Deeming ‘AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania’ Approved by House

HARRISBURG – In an effort to raise awareness about the positive and life-saving benefits automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can provide, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) sponsored House Resolution 104, establishing Feb. 22-28, as “AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.” Brown organized an AED training seminar at the Capitol earlier today run by John and Rachel Moyer, before her resolution was unanimously passed by the House. 

Dr. Jonathan Drezner Leads Discussion on SCA at USA Football National Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--Injury data and research for youth sports make national headlines on a regular basis, but certain injuries or causes are highlighted while others are not put in the limelight.

Recently, education about sudden cardiac arrest has been brought to the forefront of youth sports and for a simple reason – sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in youth and teen athletes while participating in sports.

Dr. Jonathan Drezner, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the USA Football Medical Advisory Committee, led the discussion on this topic for the 600-plus youth and high school football leaders at the 2015 USA Football National Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend.

“Any child who collapses and is unresponsive on the playing field should be assumed to be in cardiac arrest until proven otherwise,” Drezner said.

California Bill to Require Defibrillators in New Buildings

SACRAMENTO, CA--Most new buildings in California with an occupancy greater than 200 people would be required to stock electronic devices used to stop cardiac arrest under a new bill.

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, planned to introduce the bill, SB 287, during a news conference today in San Diego. It would require automated external defibrillators (AEDs) be present in structures built after Jan. 1, 2016. Cities, including San Diego, have already passed similar laws for new buildings.

Physio-Control Partners with USA Football

USA Football has announced a multi-year partnership with Redmond's Physio-Control as a supporting sponsor of USA Football, its Heads Up Football and U.S. National Team program. Physio-Control’s LIFEPAK CR Plus is the official automated external defibrillator (AED) for USA Football and Heads Up Football.

Physio-Control will provide grants making AEDs available to youth and high school football programs. The partnership will be launched during the USA Football National Conference on Feb. 20-22 in Indianapolis.

Even Mild Heart Failure Can Lead to Sudden Death

Mild Heart FailureSudden cardiac arrest is a possible cause of death in patients with non-ischemic cardiac muscle weakness, i.e., a type of heart failure caused by genetics or for which no cause is known. Now, researchers at the University Department of Internal Medicine II at the MedUni Vienna (Clinical Department of Cardiology), as part of an international cooperation, have successfully demonstrated the advantages of an implanted defibrillator (ICD) as a means of prevention in patients with moderately restricted cardiac function, and that patients with the condition must be treated as carefully as patients with ischemic heart failure that has developed following a heart attack, for example. 

Depth and Rate of Chest Compressions During CPR Impact Survival in Cardiac Arrest

Dr. Ahamed Idris and colleaguesDALLAS, TX-- The depth of chest compressions and the rate at which they were applied make a significant impact on survival and recovery of patients, a review of research by UT Southwestern Medical Center Emergency Medicine physicians shows.

Contrary to popular belief, the reviews showed that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) compressions deeper than 5.5 centimeters – about two inches – resulted in decreased survival, possibly because of collateral damage to other internal organs.

Previously, investigations and guidelines indicated that deeper compressions were better. The American Heart Association’s 2010 CPR guidelines recommend compressing the chest at least 5 centimeters without providing any upper limit.

Research Uncovers Potential Therapy to Prevent Arrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Death After Heart Attack

Study shows nerve regeneration therapy provides resistance to the development of dangerous heart rhythms following a heart attack

PORTLAND, OR-- A therapy currently under development for spinal cord injuries has been shown to stimulate nerve regeneration in the heart and provide resistance to arrhythmias following a heart attack, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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