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Genetic testing for heart diseases may help patients and families identify risks

Statement Highlights: Some cardiovascular diseases may be inherited, including cardiomyopathies, arrhythmic disorders, aneurysms and certain types of lipid disorders. The implications of genetic testing extend beyond the original patient, and family members at risk of the same cardiovascular condition should also undergo testing. Genetic… Read More

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical medical care

When seeking critical medical care, minutes count — especially when dealing with cases of suspected heart attack, cardiac arrest or stroke. Yet many patients in need of emergency care have delayed or avoided a trip to the hospital fearing possible infection with COVID-19. In the first three months of the pandemic, Penn State Health Milton S.… Read More

Peyton's Law heads to the Governor's desk

HARRISBURG, PA--A bill aimed at educating students and parents about sudden cardiac arrest is now with the governor. The state House and Senate unanimously passed Peyton’s Law. It would require electrocardiogram information to be provided to student-athletes and their parents along with the option to request an EKG during the pre-participation… Read More

Patients overestimate the success of CPR

Doctors should discuss CPR to clarify and inform patients before they consent to it, say researchers Patients and the general public appear to significantly overestimate the success of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and underestimate the negative impact it can have on a person's health, suggests research published online in Emergency… Read More

Cleveland Clinic researchers find rise in broken heart syndrome during COVID-19 pandemic

Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, occurs in response to stressful events Cleveland Clinic researchers have found a significant increase in patients experiencing stress cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stress cardiomyopathy occurs in response to physical or emotional distress and… Read More

Drone Delivery Canada successfully completes phase 2 of its "AED on the Fly" project

TORONTO, ONTARIO--Drone Delivery Canada Corporation is pleased to announce that on June 26th, 2020 it successfully completed Phase Two of its AED (Automated External Defibrillator) On The Fly project with Peel Region Paramedics and Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine. Building on the success of Phase One of the study, the Company was able… Read More

ACSM updates recommendations to prevent cardiovascular events at fitness facilities

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published a new expert consensus statement that provides guidance on training staff and establishing emergency plans to prevent cardiovascular events at fitness facilities, community and hotel fitness facilities and sporting event venues. The paper updates and replaces previous guidelines released by… Read More

Nationwide EMS calls have dropped 26% since the start of the pandemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Since early March and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., 911 calls for emergency medical services have dropped by 26.1 % compared to the past two years, a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has found. But the study also found that EMS-attended deaths have doubled, indicating that when EMS calls were… Read More

Seeking survivors and families to provide input on new research study

Seeking cardiac arrest survivors and family members of survivors to provide input on a new research study Sam Parnia, MD, PhD, Director of Critical Care and Resuscitation Research at NYU Langone Health, and his team plan to conduct a study designed to help improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers will be studying a novel treatment… Read More

Critically ill patients with COVID-19 are more likely to develop heart rhythm disorders than other hospitalized patients with the disease

Penn study suggests cardiac arrests and arrhythmias are likely triggered by systemic illness, not solely due to the viral infection itself. PHILADELPHIA, PA--Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalized COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac arrest or heart rhythm disorders,… Read More