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Public Survivor Celebration and CPR Training to be Held in Philadelphia

Public survivor celebration and CPR training to kick-off the global American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium

Is Physical Activity Always Good for the Heart?

Physical activity is thought to be our greatest ally in the fight against cardiovascular disease. But there may be significant variations in its protective effects across a range of different situations, such as regularly playing a sport, carrying heavy loads at work, or going for a walk with friends. These are the findings of a new study led by Inserm researcher Jean-Philippe Empana (U970 PARCC, Inserm/Université de Paris) in collaboration with Australian researchers. The results have been published in Hypertension.

Effect of Bystander CPR Initiated by a Dispatch Center Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest on 30-Day Survival

Adjusted results from the French National Cardiac Arrest Registry

Cardiac arrest (CA) was considered irreversible until 1960, when basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was defined. CPR guidelines include early recognition of CA, rapid and effective CPR, effective defibrillation strategies and organized post-resuscitation to ensure a strengthening of the survival chain. Bystanders are the key to extremely early management, which is associated with the early medical care provided by EMS.

Survivor Celebration and Mass CPR Training Event to Be Held in Seattle

Heart to Heart, a Survivor Celebration and mass CPR training event, presented by the Medic One Foundation, will be conducted on Thursday, December 12 in Seattle, in conjunction with the 2019 Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit.

The free event will feature Tracey Conway, Emmy award-winning actress, comedian—and sudden cardiac arrest survivor. Tracey has turned her story—her sudden death, her miraculous recovery, and the insight she’s gained living and thriving every day with a chronic heart condition—into a lively and poignant presentation.

Voluntary Public Reporting of Hospital Measure Performance Data Now Available

American Heart Association data on hospital performance provides new level of transparency for consumers, data-driven industry rankings

DALLAS, TX--Patients now have a new way to make informed decisions about their care with the launch of a public reporting website from the American Heart Association. Nearly 600 hospitals have elected to share measure performance data collected by the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives. 

He Used CPR in an Emergency – Then He Became the Emergency

Joe Farrell went to retrieve an errant golf ball when he came upon another player on the ground not breathing. The man’s golfing partner was attempting CPR but not performing it properly.

Joe, a physical therapist, took over. He made sure 911 was called before starting chest compressions. Paramedics arrived and revived the man after several shocks from an automated external defibrillator.

“It was absolutely a big moment in my life and a very humbling event,” Joe said.

Increasing Public Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

With consistent and clear public messaging, at least 14% more lives can be saved in a year.

For Jennifer Chap, SCA Foundation advisor and cofounder of Florida-based consumer insight and marketing firm StrataVerve, the topic of sudden cardiac arrest isn't just a professional one. It's personal.

Seven years ago, Chap's husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in their home. A 9-1-1 dispatcher coached her through CPR and “we were Rick’s heartbeat for almost 10 minutes," recalled Chap. An AED shock by the responding EMS agency saved her husband's life.

Drug Treats Inflammation Associated With Genetic Heart Disease That Can Be Deadly in Young Athletes

When young athletes experience sudden cardiac death as they run down the playing field, it’s usually due to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), an inherited heart disease. Now, Johns Hopkins researchers have shed new light on the role of the immune system in the progression of ACM and, in the process, discovered a new drug that might help prevent ACM disease symptoms and progression to heart failure in some patients.

To Increase Survival Rates Nationally, Cardiac Arrest Registry Expands Reach Through Public-Private Collaboration

ATLANTA, GA--The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program, the largest registry in the U.S. and internationally that collects data on survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), is expanding its reach with a goal of including all 50 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia in its registry, thanks to additional and new support from a public-private collaboration.

Philips Highlights Importance of 6-minute ‘Time-to-Defib’ Zone during Dutch Marathon

Specially designed LED running vests highlight the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) and marks the launch of Philips’ ‘heart-safe’ awareness campaign in the Netherlands

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