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Smart watches could detect risk of sudden cardiac death – and save lives

Currently patients must undergo hospital tests to determine if they are at risk, but researchers believe new technology could make detection far easier. Smart watches could soon be saving lives by warning their wearers they are at risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers at UCL and Queen Mary, University of London have developed an algorithm to… Read More

Magnets in iPhone® series 12 can interfere with some implanted cardiac devices

Research Highlights: For some cardiac patients, a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator is needed to help keep the heart beating normally. People who have an implanted cardiac device should not be near electronic devices that have magnets or produce electromagnetic waves because they can interfere with the cardiac device’s… Read More

CPR, defibrillator save man's life after he collapses playing rec basketball

Kevin Marcus Miller joined a rec basketball league in Seattle to get more exercise, meet new people and balance out a life that had become too dominated by work. Minutes into his second game, the 25-year-old was dribbling up the court when he went down on one knee. Then he collapsed, unconscious. Tim Kerns, who runs the adult basketball league… Read More

Study: Cardiac MRI effective in detecting asymptomatic, symptomatic myocarditis in athletes

COLUMBUS, OH--A cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of the heart than symptom-based testing, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine with 12 other Big Ten programs.  The findings are published online by JAMA… Read More

Call-Push-Shock partners urged to speak in one voice during National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7

Call-Push-Shock, a social media campaign co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, aims to encourage bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is quickly becoming a national public health movement. There are now more than 50 co-partners, including the CDC. To join the movement just in time… Read More

21 years of memories that might not have been

When a life is saved, so are the memories it will make. They’re plucked from oblivion and allowed to happen. This is what Risa Jampel wanted us to know from the start. We were gathered for Sunday brunch on the 21st anniversary of the almost-death of Risa’s husband, Henry, and his rescuscitation on the floor of a shower at a swim club in Baltimore… Read More

CALME study research opportunity for survivors

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is collaborating with Columbia University on research designed to help sudden cardiac arrest survivors. Survivors in our SCA Network are invited to participate. If you are a survivor who would like to participate, but are not yet a member of our SCA Network, please join our community here. Questions? Contact info [… Read More

Hyperinvasive care improves survival in refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, D.C.--A subgroup of patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) that did not respond to standard advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), were immediately transported to a cardiac care center, and placed on a device similar to a heart-lung bypass machine were more likely to have survived with good brain function six… Read More

Therapeutic hypothermia below current guidelines did not improve outcomes after cardiac arrest

In patients receiving therapeutic hypothermia after suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, those who were cooled below 31 degrees Celsius (about 88 degrees Fahrenheit) for 24 hours showed no difference in terms of death or poor neurological outcomes at six months compared with patients receiving guideline-recommended cooling of 34 C (about 93 F… Read More

Machine learning (AI) accurately predicts cardiac arrest risk

Model combines timing and weather data A branch of artificial intelligence (AI), called machine learning, can accurately predict the risk of an out of hospital cardiac arrest--when the heart suddenly stops beating--using a combination of timing and weather data, finds research published online in the journal Heart. Machine learning is the study… Read More