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Avive Solutions receives FDA approval of handheld Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with unique wireless capabilities

Groundbreaking Avive Connect AED™ combines cellular and WiFi connectivity, GPS technology, remote maintenance, and extreme portability in handheld device.  SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Avive Solutions, Inc., has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market approval (PMA)— the agency’s highest level of approval— for its Avive AED™, a unique… Read More

5 things to know about AEDs after a defibrillator helped save Damar Hamlin

We've all walked past them: Little red, yellow or green boxes with hearts on them and the letters "AED." They can be found in office buildings, gyms, schools, airports, shopping malls – almost anywhere large crowds gather. These little boxes can save lives. But few people use them. An AED – short for automated external defibrillator – is an easy… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges public awareness and action after collapse of Damar Hamlin

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, 24, collapsed in cardiac arrest during an NFL game with the Cincinnati Bengals last Monday night. Fortunately, the medical team was prepared and provided immediate CPR and defibrillation to restore his pulse. PITTSBURGH, PA--Millions watched as Buffalo Bill’s safety, Damar Hamlin, 24, collapsed in cardiac arrest… Read More

Can we count on you?

Help us build on our tremendous progress in 2022 and make 2023 our best year yet with 3 big initiatives that support education, research, and our survivor community.  In the coming year we will: Grow our national campaign, Call-Push-Shock, which promotes a common language about sudden cardiac arrest and the simple things anyone can do to save… Read More

Survivors invited to participate in study on awareness during cardiac arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is collaborating with Sam Parnia, MD, and his team at NYU Langone Health on an observational study that investigates cardiac arrest survivors’ reports of memories or experiences during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and their long-term psychological effects. The long-term purpose of this study is to… Read More

“Double shock” from two defibrillators could save more lives

The first-of-its-kind study included 4,000 Ontario paramedics over four years A new study funded by Heart & Stroke, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), suggests that using two defibrillators to deliver a sequential or “double” shock to the heart and switching standard pad positions by first responders could improve… Read More

Lucid dying: Patients recall death experiences during CPR

One in five people who survive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after cardiac arrest may describe lucid experiences of death that occurred while they were seemingly unconscious and on the brink of death, a new study shows. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and elsewhere, the study involved 567 men and women whose hearts… Read More

Ward Hamilton recognized as AHA 2022 Resuscitation Champion of the Year

The ReSS Champion Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to the field of resuscitation science, through championing research and/or clinical improvements, supporting resuscitation scholars, and serving as a passionate advocate for our field. This award is designated for an individual who is not a full-time healthcare… Read More

Prioritizing interventions to reduce caregiver burden among racially and ethnically diverse co-survivors of cardiac arrest survivors in the United States

About 1,000 families are affected by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA) each year in the United States. A recent AHA Scientific statement on CA survivorship[1] and prior research[2] indicates co-survivors—close family members of CA survivors—suffer from psychological distress at an equal, if not greater extent, due to witnessing the CA, fear of… Read More

Duke-NUS researchers find polluting particles in the air are linked to cardiac arrests

Research in Singapore confirms a link between tiny particulates in air pollution and sudden cardiac arrests in the general population. SINGAPORE -- Small particles in air pollution in Singapore might have caused sudden cardiac arrests in some people who were not in hospital but simply going about their normal lives, according to scientists at… Read More