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October 16th Is World Restart a Heart Day

Today on October 16th, the first edition of World Restart a Heart is taking place to promote bystander CPR worldwide. This initiative, sponsored by the International Committee on Resuscitation and initially conceived by the European Resuscitation Council, focuses on Hands-Only CPR training and the importance of immediate action to help save more lives from cardiac arrest.

Global bystander CPR rates range from five to 80 percent. Research shows that CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Releases Position Statement on the Use of Mobile Technology to Help Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its support of mobile apps designed to engage CPR-trained individuals through a position statement adopted by its board and released to the public today, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, an official national observance. PulsePoint is highlighted as an app that has great potential to increase bystander response and initiation of CPR and AED use.

Small, Portable AED Wins ACEP Innovation Challenge

DENVER, CO--Medical device startup HeartHero won the AngelMD InnovatED Innovation Challenge at the 50th American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Conference and Trade Show. In addition to winning the competitive pitch, HeartHero received an opportunity to open a syndicate funding round with AngelMD, connected with some of the country's top emergency physicians and spoke to companies that invest in lifesaving technology.

Heartbeat NOLA Launches Defibrillation Program to Benefit Music and Hospitality Communities

In recognition of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro will be the first recipient of an automated external defibrillator and CPR training from Heartbeat NOLA. Heartbeat NOLA, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by cardiac arrest survivor and local musician Maurice Trosclair, is a citizen CPR and AED awareness and education program. "Miracle Meaux" survived due to the efforts of citizen bystanders who stepped in to provide CPR and a shock from an AED in his office building. Heartbeat NOLA also raises funds for its Public Access Defibrillator program. Heartbeat NOLA’s goal is to make survival from SCA is the norm rather than the exception.

SCA Foundation Board Member and Spouse Share Perspectives at State of the Future of Resuscitation Conference

OAKLAND, CA--Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation board member Dr. Joe Farrell, and his wife Edie, recently spoke at the State of the Future of Resuscitation conference in Oakland, California. The conference, hosted by Take Heart America on September 28-29, brought together international experts to discuss a wide range of topics related to advances in resuscitation science and clinical practice.

Multiple Organizations Unite for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

Growing campaign aims to curb a public health crisis that kills nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. every day

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis— affecting more than 356,000 people outside hospitals each year, including over 7,000 youth under age 18—but death can be averted if people nearby act quickly. Today, only one in 10 victims survives, but with immediate CPR and use of an AED, survival rates can triple.

Increased Rates of Bystander CPR and AED Use Lead to Marked Increase in Survival

Researchers in the Netherlands assessed changes in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the Nijmegen area, since several initiatives over the years have resulted in more lay volunteers providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased use of AEDs.

Using a prospective resuscitation registry with a study cohort of non-traumatic OHCA cases from 2013–2016 and historical controls from 2008–2011, they assessed bystander CPR, AED use and outcome in the Nijmegen area.

Weekday Mornings Are No Longer Peak Times for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Investigators say increased stress may be partially to blame.

LOS ANGELES, CA--Heart experts have long believed that weekday mornings – and especially Mondays – were the danger zones for unexpected deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. But a new Cedars-Sinai study shows those peak times have disappeared and now, sudden cardiac arrests are more likely to happen on any day at any time.

Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model

A volunteer "SCA responder squad" is needed to ensure someone is almost always nearby who feels ready and willing to help.

Clever Cat Helps Save Man’s Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The family feline alerted a woman who found her husband in sudden cardiac arrest. Her immediate CPR tripled his chance of survival in the race for life.

For Jennifer Chap and her cat, Buddy, it was a typical morning in the home office on a marathon conference call. Suddenly, Buddy started meowing, jumping and scratching frantically. Something was wrong. Together they headed to the kitchen, where she discovered husband Rick Chap on the floor — unresponsive, gasping for air and appearing to have a seizure.

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