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Montana ECC Symposium

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation attended the 2022 Montana Emergency Cardiovascular Care Symposium in Bozeman, MT, on May 20-21.  Presentations included: Citizenship and Survivorship: Psychosocial Implications of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, by Katie Dainty, PhD, MSc, University of Toronto State of the State ECC System Report by Bret Birrer, MD… Read More

Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder

MADRID, SPAIN -- Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The study was conducted in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), enabling the authors to track the… Read More

Black, Hispanic adults less likely to receive CPR, especially in public

CPR was least likely for Black and Hispanic adults in a less personal setting, such as on the street or in a public transportation center, according to findings presented Friday at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions in Reston, Virginia. Results improved at home or in public settings where… Read More

College athletes rarely develop heart problems one year after having COVID-19

College athletes who contract COVID-19 and return to playing sports have a low risk of developing life-threatening heart problems, according to new research that suggests stringent cardiac testing isn't necessary. The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, followed up on a related 2021 study that… Read More

The Compress and Shock Foundation is holding free CPR and AED classes for the public on May 21st

The Compress and Shock Foundation is encouraging the public to “Own the Outcome” in cardiac arrest by attending their 6th Annual Free CPR and AED Education Day on Saturday, May 21st. Classes will be held at various locations around Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. A few locations will offer Spanish-language CPR and AED education… Read More

Drone-delivered defibrillators could save lives

As a kid, Justin Boutilier would sometimes get roped into helping his dad, a paramedic and firefighter, perform automated external defibrillator demonstrations in and around his hometown of Niagara Falls, Canada. “If a kid can use an AED, so can you,” he says, recalling one of his dad’s messages during those visits to local office buildings or… Read More

Mower, co-inventor of implantable defibrillator, dies at 89

BALTIMORE, MD--Dr. Morton Mower, a former Maryland-based cardiologist who helped invent an automatic implantable defibrillator that has helped countless heart patients live longer and healthier, has died at age 89.  Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mower, who died two days earlier of cancer at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, The… Read More

Resuscitation science and technology leaders introduce new, groundbreaking T-CPR training and education

Resuscitation quality improvement programs empower telecommunicators to help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes DALLAS, TX--A new suite of telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) training and education programs designed for the first first responders in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency is now available from RQI Partners, the partnership… Read More

Automated head-raising device tied to better CPR results in cardiac arrest

Resuscitation bundle linked with improved odds of neurologically favorable survival A device that raises the head during CPR to improve blood circulation boosted the likelihood that patients in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) reached neurologically intact recovery, a researcher reported. Patients who received CPR along with the EleGARD "… Read More

Recalled experiences surrounding death: More than hallucinations?

NEW YORK, NY -- Scientific advances in the 20th and 21st centuries have led to a major evolution in the understanding of death. At the same time, for decades, people who have survived an encounter with death have recalled unexplained lucid episodes involving heightened consciousness and awareness. These have been reported using the popular -- yet… Read More