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High school student who helped save her father’s life is now working to save other lives

Tampa area high school student, Kaitlin Ryan, 16, is passionate about saving lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Her zeal for the cause began in April 2020. She and her father Steve, 49, had gone to the golf course to work on her chipping and putting. Suddenly, she realized he had collapsed on the green. She called her mom, Sharon, called… Read More

A new playbook: COVID-19, athletes’ hearts and return to play

BOSTON, MA--Reports have indicated that COVID-19 may cause heart damage in hospitalized patients with severe cases of the disease, but it’s unclear whether cardiac injury also occurs in infected patients who are asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms. This question is of particular concern for athletes because myocarditis—inflammation in… Read More

Updated American Heart Association Guidelines recommend mobile technology to alert bystanders

The AHA’s 2020 CPR Guidelines recommend emergency dispatch systems alert willing bystanders through mobile phone technology, like PulsePoint, to assist in CPR and AED retrieval PLEASANTON, CA -- The 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) were just released… Read More

Video gaming for a good cause

In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Andrew Lucy, fiancé of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Rachel Roberts, will be conducting a fundraiser for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Twitch on October 24 from 12 - 6 pm ET. Twitch is a live-streaming platform for gamers. Andrew describes himself as a small streamer and… Read More

Updated CPR guidelines tackle health disparities, management of opioid-related emergencies and physical, emotional recovery

DALLAS, TX—The recovery phase following cardiac arrest continues long after hospitalization and is now included as a key link in the Chain of Survival, a widely adopted series of critical actions that work to maximize the chance of someone surviving cardiac arrest, according to the “2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary… Read More

Actor Jocko Sims brings home importance of learning Hands-Only CPR for World Restart a Heart Day

LOS ANGELES, CA--Actor, writer and producer Jocko Sims, who stars as Dr. Floyd Reynolds on the NBC show New Amsterdam, teamed up with the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and one of its local market sponsors, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, on a video that brings… Read More

Taking cookie sales to heart: T-Rex Cookie Company donates 10% of October sales to support Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Tina Rexing, founder of T-Rex Cookie, has announced that her company will donate 10% of all October cookie sales to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. T-Rex Cookies, known for their unique, gigantic cookies, was named the “Best Cookie in America” by Time Out Magazine. This pledge aligns with October’s Sudden Cardiac Awareness month and will be… Read More

Take action during National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis. It strikes 1,000 people each day in the U.S. alone. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the critical importance of bystander intervention with CPR and the use of automated external… Read More

Spouses of ICU patients may be at increased risk for cardiac events or hospitalization

DALLAS, TX--Having a spouse in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) may make a person more likely to have a heart attack or cardiac-related hospitalization themselves within a few weeks of the ICU admission, according to new research published today in Circulation. “Spouses of ICU patients should pay attention to their own physical health,… Read More

Concealed cardiomyopathies revealed in cardiac arrest survivors

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Centenary Institute researchers have discovered that genetic testing can identify ‘concealed cardiomyopathies’ in nearly a quarter of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors who seem to have a normal heart. The findings will mean improved diagnosis rates and personalized care for SCA survivors as well as guide the screening of… Read More