Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

October 19th

Double Play: Gill Heart Institute Saves 27-Year-Old Identical Twins

LEXINGTON, KY--Jon Wes and Gardner Adams share a lot. Both have a profound love for baseball. Both are in phenomenal physical condition. And as identical twins, they share the same genetic profile.

The Adams twins, now 27, began playing baseball almost before they could read. Both were offered scholarships to Asbury University. Gardner was drafted by the Braves. Their work ethic was a big factor in their success on the diamond, running 25-30 miles a week, regardless of weather, each pushing the other to achieve.

October 17th

Some things most bystanders don’t know about CPR…and why you need an AED in your home.

A heart attack is not the same thing as a cardiac arrest. Heart attack victims normally are able to talk and many are in pain. Cardiac arrest victims are non-responsive, clinically dead, and are not breathing normally – even though they might be gasping.

CPR is not used on heart attack victims. CPR is only used on SCA victims.

CPR does not re-start hearts – It tries to keep the heart muscle and brain alive, and it delays the transition from a shockable rhythm to a non-shockable one. This transition drops your chance of survival seven-fold. It takes an AED to re-start the heart, and sooner is a lot better!

Eighty-five percent of all cardiac arrests occur in a private residence. The witness, if there is one, is usually about the same age as the victim. Heel Compression quadruples the number of people who can perform guideline-compliant chest compression ("GC3’s") for ten minutes.

October 15th

New CPR Guidelines Recommend Using Social Media and Mobile Technology to Speed Bystander CPR in Sudden Cardiac Arrests

PulsePoint CPR Response App already downloaded more than 505,000 times--more than 16,500 cardiac arrest responders alerted to date.

October 14th

CPR in America

Second Opinion, WXXI’s national healthcare series, has formed an exciting partnership with the American Heart Association to produce a national television special designed to teach Hands-Only CPR to all of America. CPR in America premieres on WXXI-TV and PBS stations across the country Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m. It will coincide with the updated 2015 AHA CPR Guidelines being released that same day. 

American Heart Association CPR Guidelines: Quick Action, More Teamwork Key to Saving More Lives

DALLAS, TX--People should continue to jump in quickly to give CPR, using breaths if they’ve been trained in CPR and employing mobile technology to speed up the rescue of cardiac arrest victims, according to the American Heart Association’s 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

October 13th

#HeartBucketList #ImpactEveryday

My next #heartbucketlist goal is out and it's AMAAAAZING! I'm looking for a few young women who want to spread the word about #heartability and make an #impacteveryday.

Join me May 30th, 2016 in Interlaken Switzerland, as I hike the Hardergrat Trail. Hardergrat is one of the most beautiful ridge lines in the world and I chose it for my #heartbucketlist goal because it truly elevates your senses to whole new levels. I've always said in order to take care of your body you have to challenge yourself and all your senses. This hike truly captures that challenge. And with a group of extraodinary women who want to feel their own heart beat in a whole new way while making an impact on the hearts of millions of other young women, this is THE trip.

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October 11th

Ward Hamilton and Henry Jampel, MD, Elected to Serve on SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors has elected two new members, Ward M. Hamilton and Henry Jampel, MD, MHS. 

A Metronome Can Help Set The CPR Beat

The heart beats rhythmically, and so does a metronome.

So it makes sense that a metronome, typically used by musicians to help keep a steady beat, could help medical professionals restart a heart.

"What we know for sure," says pediatric cardiologist Dianne Atkins, a spokeswoman with the American Heart Association, is that "high-quality CPR improves survival." So anything that improves CPR could save lives.

For CPR to be effective, the rescuer kneels at the side of the person in distress, presses one hand on top of the other in the center of the person's chest and pushes down about 2 inches to force blood through the body before releasing and then compressing again.

October 8th

First and Only CPR Device Indicated to Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest Now Available Nationwide and Already Saving Lives

Breakthrough ZOLL ResQCPR System inspired by a plunger 

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that its new ResQCPR™ System, which offers new hope for survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), is now available nationwide. Instances of the ResQCPR System helping to save lives are already being reported by early adopters of the technology.

October 7th

Emory Installs AED Devices to Help Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

When it comes to surviving sudden cardiac arrest, time is the enemy.

In fact, studies show that odds of survival are greatest when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied within three to five minutes of a witnessed collapse, says Sam Shartar, senior administrator for Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

"The faster you can defibrillate someone, the more likely you can resuscitate them and help save a life," says Shartar. "AEDs have been proven to contribute to good outcomes."

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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