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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

Study highlights steep rise in cardiac arrests associated with opioid use

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE --  A nationwide US study has shown that the rate of opioid-related cardiac arrests has steeply risen and is now on par with the rate of cardiac arrest from other causes. The research is presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 Opioid use disorder, which includes dependence and addiction, affects more than two million people in… Read More

Since her cardiac arrest at 37, she urges everyone to know CPR

At 37, Mary Gordon was fit, energetic and healthy. She regularly pushed herself through workouts on a high-tech stationary bike and ran 5Ks. So she was at a loss to explain the fatigue she began experiencing. Shortly before Christmas 2019, she woke up feeling out of sorts. She stopped and rested several times while decorating her home for the… Read More

Doctors explain how COVID-19 could affect student athletes’ hearts

ORLANDO, FL-- As schools are getting back to full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, school sports are also making a comeback. But before your teen gets back to the swing of things, will you get your child the COVID-19 vaccine? A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation says nearly one in four parents will definitely not. However,… Read More

Early epinephrine for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest may improve chances of survival

Later timing of epinephrine administration in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was associated with poorer chances of survival to discharge, regardless of presence of a shockable rhythm, but findings were not significant, researchers reported. According to data published in JAMA Network Open, although earlier epinephrine administration was… Read More

Join the widest array of resuscitation professionals and SCA survivors in San Diego

For people worldwide who are passionate about saving lives, the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit is a rare opportunity to learn, collaborate, and implement the latest resuscitation science across the full Chain of Survival.  This year’s Summit includes an incredible line-up of insightful sessions and workshops, hands-on… Read More

Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit: The nation's premier meeting place for survivors, families and rescuers

You’re invited! Join fellow SCA survivors, bystanders and resuscitation professionals and leaders at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, Dec. 7-10 in San Diego. This year’s Summit offers several days of engaging, insightful sessions and workshops, including a community-focused learning track: Community Strategies &… Read More

Out of hospital cardiac arrest: Past, present, and future

A review by thought leaders Thomas Rea, MD, Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD, Michael R. Sayre, MD, Ann Doll, and Mickey Eisenberg, MD, was just published in Resuscitation Advances in resuscitation following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) provide an opportunity to improve public health. This review reflects on past developments, present status, and… Read More