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Public Announcement on the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to hold Town Hall meeting at ECCU in December

Interested individuals and stakeholders representing many organizations gathered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, on May 11th to kick off the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC). This forum is intended to foster communication and coordinate action among the various organizations that are working to improve survival and recovery after sudden cardiac arrest.

IAFC, PulsePoint Foundation Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Collaboration aims to increase awareness and use of PulsePoint and expand the role of fire and emergency services in emerging digital trends

Government Funds Dwindle for Cardiac Arrest Research

Study Highlights

Has Effective Medical Therapy Made the Benefit of ICDs Uncertain?

Medication, including beta-blockers, may be so effective in reducing the risk of sudden death in heart failure that the overall benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) may be uncertain.‌

New research led by the University of Glasgow and published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, has analyzed individual patient data from clinical trials conducted between 1995 and 2014. The study concluded that the risk of sudden death has decreased so much, as a result of the cumulative use of a number of effective medications, that the net benefit of ICDs may no longer be clear cut in many patients.

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Fewer Cardiac Arrests in Middle-Aged Adults

 Study Highlights
  • The incidence of cardiac arrest significantly decreased among middle-aged adults who acquired health insurance after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage.
  • Among older adults with constant health insurance coverage, the incidence of cardiac arrest remained the same.
  • These preliminary findings highlight the importance of preventive medical care but do not definitively prove that health insurance expansion prevents cardiac arrest, researchers noted.

DALLAS, TX--A sudden catastrophic loss of heart function, or cardiac arrest, occurred significantly less among adults who acquired health insurance via the

Emergency Cardiac Care Leaders Take First Steps Toward Creation of a National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative

The inaugural meeting of the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative took place on May 11th at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was a follow up to a workshop conducted in Washington, D.C.

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.

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