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Slow, steady increase in exercise intensity is best for heart health

DALLAS, TX -- For most people, the benefits of aerobic exercise far outweigh the risks, however, extreme endurance exercise - such as participation in marathons and triathlons for people who aren't accustomed to high-intensity exercise - can raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) or heart attacks,… Read More

Race, income in neighborhoods tied to cardiac arrest survival

Socioeconomics might impact the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, suggests a new study that found survival rates are lower in heavily black than in heavily white neighborhoods, and in low- and middle-income areas compared with wealthy ones. More than 350,000 people each year in the U.S. have out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, when the heart's… Read More

Can a phone call help restart the heart?

When the heart suddenly stops beating, each passing moment can mean life or death. That is why emergency health providers and advocates are urging states to develop uniform standards and training for telecommunicator CPR. A new policy statement from an American Heart Association task force lays out steps for a widespread system for 911… Read More

U of M Twin Cities, Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care system partners aim to increase cardiac arrest survival rates

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, MN -- Today, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care systems across the Twin Cities, announce the creation of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC) and its mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) vehicles. This is a collaborative… Read More

State AED legislation update

The following is a summary of current AED (Automated External Defibrillator) legislation in the United States. Bills seeing movement so far this year Virginia SB 394: This bill, which would require health clubs to have an AED, passed the full senate 34-0 on January 24th. It now goes to the house for consideration. Massachusetts S.1403: This… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest often a woman's first sign of heart disease

New research from the Smidt Heart Institute says women at risk for cardiovascular disease must be better identified New research from the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai shows that rates of sudden cardiac arrest are rising following decades of a downward trend. While this disturbing uptick was… Read More

Take care of your heart today

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Valentine's Day is a great reminder to prioritize heart health and recognize the signs of an emergency, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).   One of the most common reasons people visit the emergency department, chest pain can take a variety of forms and is not always associated with a heart issue… Read More

How to survive a sudden cardiac arrest: A caregiver’s experience

“The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling, or changing, or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo – even when it's not working. It attaches to past and present and fears the future.” ― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life The day before the Labor Day holiday was… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors need long-term holistic care

Systems not in place to help provide needed care to survivors and caregivers, both lay and professional DALLAS, TX-- More people are surviving sudden cardiac arrest thanks to improved systems of care during and until hospital discharge. However, systems of care after hospital discharge, when many sudden cardiac arrest survivors are known to… Read More

Benefit will honor young cardiac arrest victim

Michael A. Simpson II, 19, collapsed after a collegiate basketball practice on January 1, 2020. His coaches thought he was having a seizure, but he was actually in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, no one at the scene administered CPR or used an AED—even though one was available in the building. EMS eventually arrived and provided CPR and… Read More