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High school student, Kaitlin Ryan, saves her father’s life on Tampa area golf course

Now she is advocating to save other lives. PITTSBURGH, PA--These were uncertain times. It was the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. To find some semblance of normal, Kaitlin Ryan, 15, a student at Palm Harbor University High School, and her father Stephen Ryan, 49, would often go to a nearby golf course to get outside and share their passion… Read More

Athletes unlikely to develop cardiac complications from COVID, study shows

Highlights: To date, no adverse cardiac events related to SARS-CoV-2 infection have been observed among more than 3,000 collegiate athletes during short-term clinical surveillance. Findings suggest safe return-to-play without cardiac testing for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic athletes. DALLAS, TX -- While the lasting impact of COVID-19… Read More

Monash study of cardiac arrests at schools and universities highlights the importance of available and findable public access defibrillators

A Monash University study of cardiac arrests on university campuses and primary and secondary schools has highlighted the need for more publicly available and – importantly – findable – defibrillators. Each year more than 24,000 Australians have a sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Survival rates are currently only around 10% but early… Read More

Take a step for survival!

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again participating in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The 2021 Virtual Highmark Walk is an online only virtual walk and fundraiser. Participants may take their first steps anytime—by walking on a treadmill, in a park, or around their neighborhood. Participants may also… Read More

Instructed in CPR by 911 dispatcher, Nebraska couple saves 13-day-old son

During a nightly TV newscast in January, anchor Bill Schammert's voice broke as he described why he'd been off the air for a few days. It started when his 13-day-old son, Cameron, came down with a case of the sniffles. Just to be on the safe side, the pediatrician suggested bringing him in for a checkup. They never made it there. After strapping… Read More

CPR training offered to just over half of surveyed Ontario high school students despite mandated training

Just over half of surveyed Ontario high schools reported providing CPR and AED training to students despite being mandated by the province to provide training for the lifesaving technique, according to a new study by Unity Health Toronto researchers.  The study, published Monday April 12, in CJC Open, surveyed elementary and high schools from 15… Read More

COVID-19 tied to spikes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

An international study that identified a dramatic increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) preceding and paralleling the COVID-19 pandemic suggests that OHCA is yet another example of the virus's myriad multisystemic effects and a signal of upcoming community surges. In the observational study, published today in the Lancet's … Read More

What Covid means for the athlete's heart

For sports fans across the country, the resumption of the regular sports calendar has signaled another step toward post-pandemic normality. But for the athletes participating in professional, collegiate, high school or even recreational sports, significant unanswered questions remain about the aftereffects of a covid infection. Chief among those… Read More

Unloading groceries, he found his wife on the ground not breathing

Lynn and Kent Wiles spent the morning running errands together. The Oregon couple shopped for groceries, stopped by the bank and picked up items at the hardware store. Once home, they were bringing in bags from the car. Lynn had stayed in the kitchen to put away a couple perishables while Kent went to get the last few bags. With everything in… Read More

Remembering a champion of the lifesaving cause, Richard Perse

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Richard Perse, who passed away March 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Richard, president of HeartSmart, Inc., was a passionate champion of the lifesaving cause that we share. Richard and his wife Nancy, a cardiac nurse, were inspired to action by the sobering statistics… Read More