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Help us honor those we've lost

Congress declared October National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in 2008 and it was added to the National Health Observance Calendar in 2017. And so, this October, we celebrate all those who survived sudden cardiac arrest. At the same time, we remember the thousands who have been lost every year to one of the leading causes of death in… Read More

Minutes matter: Policies to improve care for deadliest heart attacks

American Heart Association recommends policy approaches to improve cardiac systems of care Statement Highlights: Converting advances in scientific knowledge and innovations in cardiac care into improvements in patient outcomes requires comprehensive cardiac systems of care optimize cardiac care delivery. New recommendations support policies… Read More

Announcing National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis. It strikes 1,000 people each day in the U.S. alone. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the critical importance of bystander intervention with CPR and the use of automated external… Read More

CPR training from anywhere with Anniewhere

Anniewhere is a web solution that enables instructors to teach CPR skills remotely and in classrooms. Learners join the classroom through the QCPR Classroom app providing real-time objective feedback to both instructor and learner. Whether the learners have a manikin or not, the application uses the phone's camera to measure rate, depth, and… Read More

PulsePoint encourages everyone to locate and register AEDs during National SCA Awareness Month

With your help dispatch center staff can inform 9-1-1 callers of nearby lifesaving devices.  In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the PulsePoint Foundation will be holding a contest throughout the month of October to encourage AED location identification and registration so these life-saving devices can be disclosed… Read More

Comprehensive network for cardiac arrest assistance in Eindhoven

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--As of today, Eindhoven is the first major Dutch city to have a wide network of civilian aid workers and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) within fast reach to the residents. ‘6-minute zone’ About eight hundred volunteers had resuscitation training today in the Philips Stadium with the aim of becoming civilian… Read More

HIV linked with increased risk of sudden cardiac death

DALLAS, TX--People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher risk of sudden cardiac death than people who do not have HIV, especially if the virus is not well-controlled or if they have other heart disease risk factors, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access… Read More

If you witness a cardiac arrest, your actions could save a life

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE -- Lay responders’ swift assistance to cardiac arrest victims is associated with improved survival, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 “Our study suggests that when emergency medical services incorporate members of the public into their systems, cardiac arrest victims are more likely to survive,” said… Read More

One in ten cardiac arrest patients phoned emergency services the day before

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE -- Difficulty breathing is the most common symptom before cardiac arrest, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 “Breathing problems more frequently preceded cardiac arrest than chest pain,” said study author Mr. Filip Gnesin, a research scholar at North Zealand Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark. “Since… Read More

Drones delivered defibrillators to patients with suspected cardiac arrests

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden can now report the results of a unique pilot project where drones were used to deliver defibrillators to real-life alerts of suspected cardiac arrest. The drones were dispatched in more than a fifth of the emergencies and arrived on target and ahead of the ambulance in most cases. The results are… Read More