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Drowning Can Be Fast and Silent, But It Can Be Prevented, Too

Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!” Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the bottom of the pool with his towel. One friend started CPR – or the closest thing he knew… Read More

Erectile Dysfunction Means Increased Risk for Heart Disease, Including Cardiac Arrest, Regardless of Other Risk Factors

Study Highlights: Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk for heart attacks, cardiac arrests, strokes and sudden cardiac death. New study provides strongest link to date between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular risk. Erectile dysfunction can be an important factor for physicians in gauging cardiovascular risk. Men with… Read More

Drones May Soon Help Save People in Cardiac Arrest

Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver lifesaving defibrillators to people suffering cardiac arrest in areas not… Read More

Scientists Unravel Brain Networks of Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains. Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best treat patients’ brains post-cardiac arrest. She… Read More

Lifesaving Information Is Not Always a Phone Call Away

Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago. Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher trained to give instructions in CPR on the other end of the line. But not every… Read More

Timing Resuscitation Compressions Using the Song 'La Macarena' or a Smartphone App Improve Compression Quality

New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark shows that the quality of chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be improved by using either a smartphone app or by using the song "La Macarena" as a mental memory aid. The study is by Professor Enrique Carrero Cardenal and colleagues… Read More

Parent Heart Watch and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Join Forces to Urge the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use AEDs to Help Save Lives

Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation have joined forces to urge the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. The co-sponsored Call-Push-Shock campaign is being launched to coincide with National CPR and AED Awareness Week June 1-7, a… Read More

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Babbitt is Vice President and co-founder of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named in memory of her son and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. In 2006, John was 16-years-old and a three-… Read More

IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

CHANTILLY, VA--The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a position statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone… Read More

Joe Farrell Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Joe Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT, FAPTA has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Farrell recently retired as a Doctor of Physical Therapy after 40 years of clinical practice. For over three decades he has been involved in post graduate education as Senior Clinical Fellowship faculty… Read More