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Research presented at Care of the Athletic Heart examines need of CPR/AED training for athletes

Only 50% of athletes surveyed reported knowing what is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), along with just 7.7% being concerned about it during play, according to a new study presented at ACC’s Care of the Athletic Heart 2023 course taking place June 8-10 in Washington, DC, and virtually.  To identify the incidence of fellow athletes responding to SCA… Read More

American Red Cross awards Buffalo Bills trainers highest honor for on-field heroics

For their heroic, lifesaving efforts, the American Red Cross has awarded six athletic trainers from the Buffalo Bills the Certificate of Merit, the highest honor given to those who use skills learned in a Red Cross course to save a life. These Lifesaving Awards, which are signed by the President of the United States, the honorary chair of the… Read More

Wildfires may fuel heart health hazards: Smoke exposure increases cardiovascular risks

The American Heart Association warns smoke exposure from the current wildfires out of Canada may cause heart problems or worsen existing ones DALLAS, TX--As wildfires spread across southern Canada, smoke from those fires is rapidly drifting into the U.S. and the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on… Read More

Heart advocates from across the nation unite to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives

PITTSBURGH, PA--Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) representatives participated in the Third Annual National CPR/AED Awareness Rally & March on June 2-3 in Washington, D.C. They joined heart advocates from 28 organizations and D.C. Fire and EMS in providing CPR/AED demonstrations along the Northwest quadrant of the Washington Monument.… Read More

Mount Sinai researchers use new deep learning approach to enable analysis of electrocardiograms as language

NEW YORK, NY--Mount Sinai researchers have developed an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) model for electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis that allows for the interpretation of ECGs as language. This approach can enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of ECG-related diagnoses, especially for cardiac conditions where limited data is available on… Read More

Defibrillators used in just 10 per cent of out of hospital cardiac arrests - study shows

Findings highlight need for better education and awareness around defibrillators, researchers say Defibrillators are being used in just one in 10 cardiac arrests where the lifesaving devices are available, according to new research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester.   The research drew upon data from the… Read More

Bills safety Damar Hamlin launches CPR Tour in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, NY--Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin kicked off a multicity tour at his home stadium on Saturday to distribute medical equipment and promote techniques that helped save his life in January. Hamlin handed out automated external defibrillators for close to 50 youth sports and community organizations on the Bills' field at Highmark… Read More

Grief can increase risk of heart problems, study finds

People who lost loved ones were asked in a study to recall moments of grief. Their blood pressure escalated as a result. Losing loved ones can take a major toll not just on psychological well-being but also on physical health. Researchers at the University of Arizona studied the impact of grief on heart function and found that severe grief can… Read More

Fear and language barriers keep some Latino people from performing CPR

At a CPR class in Spanish in central Virginia, some members of the Latino community say they recognize that the technique can save someone whose heart stops beating. But they acknowledge that fear and uncertainty might keep them from providing critical care. Such apprehension has prompted trainers who have witnessed it to teach not just how to… Read More

Nation of Lifesavers™ to turn bystanders into lifesavers through nationwide CPR & AED awareness, education

The American Heart Association launches movement to double survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest by 2030; Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin to serve as National Ambassador DALLAS, TX--Seven in 10 people in America say they feel powerless to act in the face of a cardiac emergency[1]. As a result, less than half of all people who need this… Read More