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Join the National Effort to Teach Bystanders to Save a Life During EMS Week, May 20-26, 2018

May 20-26, 2018, is the 44th annual National EMS Week. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” To mark the occasion, American Medical Response, International Association of Fire Chiefs and American College of… Read More

First of Its Kind NYC Clinic Focuses on Brain After Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY--Maryanne Gale can't remember much about the months following her sudden cardiac arrest. She describes the feeling now as "all of her memories starting on the same day," and said she didn't even feel conscious until about a week into her hospital stay. Even after her discharge, Gale said she felt "adrift." "When you're… Read More

Exposure to Air Pollution on Cold Days Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

New study presented at Heart Rhythm 2018 finds all sudden cardiac death cases in over 110,000 women took place at air pollution levels below EPA quality standards BOSTON, MA--A new study shows that women exposed to particular matter (PM) and lower temperatures for even a short amount of time are at an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD… Read More

New Study Suggests Marijuana Use Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Arrhythmias

BOSTON, MA--According to new research, smoking marijuana may not be associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart attack. The study also reported that marijuana users had a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib) and in-hospital… Read More

The Heart Rhythm Society Releases Communication Strategies for Cybersecurity Threats to Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices

BOSTON, MA--The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) will release communication recommendations to assist healthcare professionals to understand and prepare for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The proceedings statement outlines four key communication themes: when to notify patients, whom to… Read More

Heart-Stopping Condition Could Come with Warning Signs

A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms. But several recent studies show that, sometimes, people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have warning signs hours – and even weeks – ahead of time. Experts say that’s why it’s important for everyone to be… Read More

ZOLL Awarded Singapore’s Save-A-Life Initiative to Install 5,000 AEDs in Public Housing

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that it has been awarded the Singapore Save-A-Life (SAL) initiative’s contract and is currently installing 5,000 AED Plus® units in public housing apartments across Singapore. The SAL initiative… Read More

ATL Makes All Terminals 'HartSafe' with Installation of AEDs

ATLANTA, GA -- To further the effort of making Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson "the safest airport in the world" for cardiac events, officials announced that the airport has completed installation of 285 new Cardiac Science G5 AEDs—one every 75 feet—in every terminal. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport receives an average of 24 medical… Read More

New Guidance Issued for Treating Cardiac Arrest in Children with Heart Disease

Cardiac arrest occurs at a higher rate in children with heart disease than in healthy children. The complexity and variability in pediatric heart disease pose unique challenges during resuscitation. A key message is the importance of individualizing resuscitation strategies for each patient’s cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Saving a child… Read More

Cardiac Arrest Defeated by Software: Incredible Discovery of the IRCCS of Milan

Brugada syndrome trigger mechanism discovered: a software can electrically reprogram cells and prevent cardiac arrest MILAN, ITALY--Starting from the Irccs Institute of the Policlino di San Donato Milanese, the potential revolution in the study of cardiac arrests in the world has begun. Today, the JACC (Journal of the American College of… Read More