Archive - 2019

Archive - 2019

February 11th

Obesity, Other Risks Play Large Role in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among the Young

Research Spanning More Than a Decade Points to Importance of Screening for Risk Factors Earlier in Life

LOS ANGELES, CA--Obesity and other common cardiovascular risk factors may play a greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among younger people than previously recognized, underscoring the importance of earlier screening, a Cedars-Sinai study has found.

While sports activity often garners attention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest in younger patients, it was cited only in a small percentage of those ages 5 to 34 in the study, published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

February 7th

Latest AHA Statistics on Cardiac Arrest Survival Reveal Little Progress

The annual report indicates the incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the U.S. remains high and survival remains low. Bystander intervention in the U.S. also remains low. In 2017, laypersons initiated CPR in 39% of cases, used AEDs in just 6% of cases, and delivered a shock in ~2% of cases, based on CARES data.

Call-Push-Shock Partners Urge the Public to Remember to Call, Push, and Shock When Sudden Cardiac Arrest Occurs

To help save more lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest, Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with multiple partners, urge the public to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) during Heart Month this February.

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.

RQI Partners LLC Enters Into An Agreement with HealthcareSource to Market, Sell and Provide Customer Access to Resuscitation Product Portfolio

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

February 4th

Study: Intense Exercise to Strengthen Heart and Lungs May Help People Live Longer and Better

The goal of exercise shouldn’t be to simply move. Rather, individuals should ramp up the intensity to improve heart and lung fitness and live longer, says a new Ball State University study.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Mortality in Healthy Men and Women, an analysis of 4,137 adults, found that mortality risks decline when cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) levels increase in healthy men and women, said Matt Harber, director of Ball State’s Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory. This is the first time a study has directly measured CRF in both men and women rather than relying on estimates.

Higher Lifetime Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death Among African Americans May Be Associated with Income and Education Disparities

Study Highlights:

  • African Americans have a much higher lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death than whites, especially among women. The lifetime risk was double overall and three times higher in African American women compared to white women.
  • Disparities in income and education, as well as hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors, accounted for much of the difference in risk.

DALLAS, TX--African Americans – especially African American women – have a significantly higher risk of sudden cardiac death during their lifetime than whites, and much of the disparity can be attributed to income and education levels, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

January 31st

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.

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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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