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March 19th

PA Senate Education Committee to Consider CPR in Schools Bill Today

The Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee will be meeting this afternoon to consider Senate Bill 115 (Killion, R-Delaware), which will require CPR education in public, private and parochial school grades nine to 12 no later than the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The instruction must be hands-on and include information about automated external defibrillators.

March 16th

Commonly Used Heart Drug Associated with Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

LISBON, PORTUGAL--A drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain) is associated with an increased risk of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, according to results from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) presented today at EHRA 2019.
 

Sudden cardiac arrest causes around half of cardiac deaths in Europe and one in five natural deaths. The heart stops pumping after a cardiac arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia); this is lethal in minutes if untreated. ESCAPE-NET was set up to find the causes of these arrhythmias, so they can be prevented.

Dr Hanno Tan, ESCAPE-NET project leader and cardiologist, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, urged caution when interpreting these results. He said: “The findings need to be replicated in other studies before action should be taken by doctors or patients.”

March 11th

Fla. EMS Leaders Publish Study on Head-Up CPR Technique

A study recently published in Critical Care Medicine examines the feasibility and safety of performing “head-up CPR,” a bundled technique that involves mild elevation of the head and torso for patients experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA). Conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017 by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (Fla.) crews, the study was led by industry leaders such as Paul Pepe, MD, Peter Antevy, MD, Kenneth Scheppke, MD, and others. The team analyzed the quality of patient outcomes before, during and after the combined use of a LUCAS mechanical CPR device with the head-up/torso-up positioning, a strategy designed to increase venous return from the brain to the heart.

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Third Leading Cause of Disease-Related Health Loss

Study Highlights:

  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third leading cause of “health loss due to disease” in the United States behind ischemic heart disease and low back/neck pain in 2016.
  • Bystander interventions, such as CPR and AED application, significantly reduce death and disability due to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

DALLAS, TX– Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third leading cause of “health loss due to disease” in the United States behind ischemic heart disease and low back/neck pain in 2016, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

March 7th

Flirtey and City of Reno Receive FAA Approval for Drone Delivery Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Approval will allow Flirtey to deliver automated external defibrillators

March 6th

Take a Step for Survival! Join or Support Our Team Today.

You are invited to join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The annual 5K walk, scheduled for May 11th in Pittsburgh, PA, is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, so all funds raised go directly participating nonprofits.
 

March 5th

AED Readiness Project Aims to Improve Access to AEDs

Sudden cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly stops beating—is a public health crisis. About 1,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals every day in the U.S. and only one in 10 victims survives. Most cases (70 percent) occur in the home.[1]

Survival largely depends on immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). AEDs are layperson-friendly lifesaving devices that can restore a normal heartbeat when used promptly. With quick CPR and AED action, five in 10 victims could be saved.

March 4th

Are Thrill-Seekers With Heart Conditions Playing With Danger?

The fastest roller coasters exceed 100 mph. A race car driver can double that speed within seconds.

Either activity can exhilarate, but could they also harm the heart? Could someone literally die from the excitement?

Probably not, according to one study that surveyed thrill-seekers with serious heart conditions.

Despite all the warning notices posted on adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides, or from friends trying to discourage that skydiving trip, very little science has explored the question.

"I can't think of a single major replicated study connecting thrill-seeking personalities and actual thrill-seeking behavior to health. That is, one that does the full cardiovascular workup," said Frank Farley, a psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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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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