Archive - Jan 2019

Archive - Jan 2019

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Cardiovascular Diseases Affect Nearly Half of American Adults, Statistics Show

DALLAS, TX--Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease, a percentage that reflects recently updated guidelines for treating high blood pressure, according to a new report. High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – can lead to heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

"We're becoming more and more aware of the importance of high blood pressure. Levels we used to think were normal we now associate with worse outcomes, and treating them makes a big difference," said Dr. Emelia J. Benjamin, a professor of cardiology at Boston University and chair of the group that wrote the American Heart Association's "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 Update".

January 27th

Killion Introduces Pair of Life-Saving Bills

Senator Killion speaking about his CPR bill at the Capitol on April 16, 2018

Senator Tom Killion has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at saving lives in different ways.

One bill would establish cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in Pennsylvania’s high schools, while the second bill is designed to reduce heatstroke deaths for children left in cars during hot weather.

“Good legislation can be written to save lives,” said Killion. “This is certainly the case with my CPR and child heatstroke bills. Both proposals will be top priorities for me in the Senate’s new two-year legislative session,” he added.

Killion’s CPR legislation, Senate Bill 115, passed the Senate unanimously during the last legislative session but was not considered in the state House.  The bill would set new academic standards for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. 

January 23rd

Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit: Call for Presentations Now Open

The Citizen CPR Foundation is proud to host the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit (CASSummit)—the new ECCU—December 10-13, with pre-conference workshops on the 9th and 10th at the Hyatt Regency in Seattle, WA. Interested parties are invited to submit presentations to the conference, which is devoted to improving sudden cardiac arrest survival rates worldwide.

The CASSummit is dedicated to facilitating:

First Statewide Study Shows More Cardiac Arrests Due to Opioid Overdoses

PHOENIX, AZ--An increasing proportion of all cardiac arrests occurring outside of the hospital are related to drug overdoses, according to a new study conducted by two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students.

Fourth-year medical student Gabriella Smith and second-year medical student Sam Beger co-authored a manuscript showing that 15 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest every day in Arizona and two of those are related to opioid overdose. This was the first statewide study to show trends in overdose-related, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

Smith and Beger worked on the study beginning in spring 2017 with Bentley Bobrow, MD, associate director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center – Phoenix and professor of emergency medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Their research was published online this week in the journal Resuscitation.

Philips and the AHA Join Together to Increase Global Survival Rates of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Philips and American Heart Association Connected Pulse Program first-of-a kind initiative, combines education, training and technology for an integrated customized solution in major metropolitan areas around the world

January 22nd

Survey Reveals Nearly Two Thirds of Americans are Not Confident They Know How to Operate an AED

CINCINNATI, OH--More than 3 in 5 Americans doubt their ability to correctly use an automated external defibrillator, while slightly more than half say they are proficient in performing CPR, according to the results of a recent survey.

In the survey of more than 2,000 adults, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of workplace first aid services and supplies provider Cintas Corp., 63 percent of respondents reported a lack of confidence in using an AED, and only 54 percent said they felt comfortable administering CPR.

Another Day at the Office--Thanks to an AED

On National Wear Red Day in 2018, few people at the Nashville law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop took notice of the occasion, which calls attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

"I think we had forgotten about it being that day," said Tania Freeman, the firm's business development officer.

Still, Feb. 2, 2018, turned out to be a day many of them would never forget, especially Tania and John Lewis.

January 21st

Regional Cardiac Arrest Centers Increase Odds of Survival

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death and some hospitals are equipped to play leading role in care.

Key Takeaways

  • Regional cardiac arrest centers would feature hospitals with robust care such as adequate staffing of cardiology, neurology, and critical care teams.
  • In a regional approach to cardiac arrest care, patients treated at the top regional hospitals had a 27% decrease in hazard of death.
  • Diverse teams of clinicians are needed to treat cardiac arrest patients.

Cardiac arrest patients would benefit from a regionalized system of care similar to tiered trauma centers, recent research indicates.

January 20th

CPR in Schools Trains More than 300 Wisconsin Schools, 6,000 students

More than 6,000 students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR, thanks to the successful program CPR in Schools. This statewide program, funded by a grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, is coming to a close. However, with the skills and equipment provided to schools under this project, thousands of students will continue to be trained each year.

January 19th

Developing Legislation Could Require Wisconsin Teachers to Learn CPR

MILWAUKEE, WI--Wisconsin state law requires students to learn CPR before they graduate from high school, but not their teachers. Now, one state lawmaker is hoping to change that.

Schools in Wisconsin are required to train students in CPR at least once between 7th and 12th grades. But for teachers, that kind of training is voluntary.

“We don't expect teachers to be fully trained first responders, but they should know a few basics and they should especially know when to call for professional help,” State Rep. Daniel Riemer/D-Milwaukee said. Riemer is now working on a bill to better prepare schools for medical emergencies.

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