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Public safety dispatchers recognized as first responders in new legislation

SACRAMENTO, CA--Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined a group of public safety dispatchers from across the state for a press conference to celebrate Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which would recognize the brave work of public safety dispatchers by classifying them as first responders. Currently, the Federal government describes… Read More

New CPR & First Aid in Youth Sports kit aims to teach lifesaving skills

DALLAS, TX--In its commitment to be a global force for longer, healthier lives, the American Heart Association® unveiled its new lifesaving training kit at LaxCon 2020, January 10 – 12 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Association and US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of… Read More

Robert Klaber elected as member of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors

Robert "Robby" Klaber has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Robby has always been physically active. He biked 3,000 miles from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity, ran the Miami Marathon in 2012, and ran the San Francisco Half Marathon in 2013.… Read More

Genetic testing provides insights to sudden unexplained deaths in Amish community

ROCHESTER, MN--Researchers used post-mortem genetic testing to find the underlying cause of multiple sudden deaths in young people and sudden cardiac arrests in two large Amish families. Using an exome molecular autopsy, Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD, and his associates conducted genetic testing of four siblings who each died suddenly during exercise… Read More

Bystander CPR less likely for people living in Hispanic neighborhoods

Penn study shows residents of Hispanic neighborhoods also have a lower chance of survival following cardiac arrest compared to those living in non-Hispanic neighborhoods PHILADELPHIA, PA--People living in predominately Hispanic neighborhoods are less likely to receive CPR from a bystander following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared to… Read More

Call-Push-Shock: A growing public health movement that can save thousands of lives each year

Call-Push-Shock, a social media campaign designed to encourage bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, is becoming a national public health movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and grounded in research by global consumer research firm, StrataVerve,… Read More

Qualified charitable distributions: Using your IRA to give from the heart

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit from writing… Read More

Call-Push-Shock: A growing movement

The Call-Push-Shock social media campaign, designed to motivate bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), is becoming a national movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, were presented at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle last week.[1]… Read More

LA County Fire Department wins Cardiac Arrest Survival Video Contest

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has won the 2019 Cardiac Arrest Survival Video Contest, co-sponsored by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation, with their entry, Can’t Stop Compressing. The award was announced by Mary Newman, president of the SCA Foundation, at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle on… Read More

NJ legislation would require AEDs in hotels – now is time to help get it passed!

New Jersey legislation (S.3024/ A.4486) would require every hotel to “place AEDs throughout the hotel in a manner that ensures they are readily accessible in the event they are needed to respond to a sudden cardiac event.” This bill would require every hotel in the State that is not a bed and breakfast to provide an automated external… Read More