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A Drug to Boost Cardiac Arrest Survival

A new four-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, together with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Houston, to evaluate the efficacy of two drugs that have the potential to vastly improve survival and cognitive outcomes in people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

The two drugs, called TAT-PHLPP9c and TAT-PIF, mimic the effects of rapid cooling on the body, which is known to help prevent cardiac damage and mitigate the neurological effects of a heart attack. But cooling the body during and immediately after sudden cardiac arrest is difficult because the vests used to bring down the body’s core temperature are not available in all ambulances or hospitals. 

Bystander CPR Highlighted During National CPR and AED Awareness Week

American Heart Association urges the public to learn CPR and act in cardiac emergencies to help save lives

DALLAS, TX--Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR? Performing CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Higher bystander CPR rates have been linked to greater survival rates after a cardiac arrest but currently, bystanders only perform CPR 37% of the time.

Call-Push-Shock Video Recognized as One of Top 10 Resources for CPR-AED Awareness Week

The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council combined efforts to focus this year’s CPR and AED awareness week (June 1-7) on not only CPR skills, but on bystander willingness to act. Laerdal Medical Corporation recognized their efforts, along with those of other partners, stating "To support their efforts, we are sharing with you some of our favorite content, some ours, some from our partners and public resources. We hope that you use it as you create a community of bystanders who will act in the event of witnessing a cardiac arrest."

Multiple Organizations Unite for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with multiple partners, are urging the public to learn hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Their campaign, Call-Push-Shock, is a growing national movement that aims to curb the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest, which kills nearly 1,000 people every day in the United States.

Energy Drinks May Increase Risk of Heart Function Abnormalities and Blood Pressure Changes

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What Is Known – And Not Known – About Heart Muscle Diseases in Children

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Notre Dame Students Create Drone Defibrillator for Fast Response to Cardiac Arrest Victims

Students at the University of Notre Dame are thinking of a new way to save lives.

The students, Nathaniel Hanson and Zachary Kousens, Class of 2019, came up with a drone defibrillator.

“The idea is when someone has sudden cardiac arrest and a bystander calls 911 and an EMT responds, help typically takes 10 minutes to get to the scene,” Hanson said. “We can get an automatic defibrillator there within two minutes using a drone,” dispatched by the 911 operator who finds a landing site using Google maps. This, says Kousens and Hanson, should boost the survival chance of those in cardiac arrest from 10 percent to 40 percent.

The drone defibrillator -- or Delive -- is now being reviewed by the FAA. The students hope to commercialize it by next year.

Researchers Spot Tell-Tale Signs of Potentially Fatal Cardiac Arrest in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people (such as the unexpected near fatal cardiac arrest suffered by the-then 23 year old footballer Fabrice Muamba), but the microscopic heart muscle abnormalities behind these tragic events can only be picked up in a post-mortem.

Now, in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a team of RDM researchers have borrowed a brain imaging technique to spot the tell-tale disarray in heart muscle fibres that could set off a potentially fatal heart rhythm in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

This is the first time that these tell-tale signs can be spotted in living patients.

Resuscitation Quality Improvement Programs Offer a Comprehensive Solution to Help Improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Communities

The American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation introduce programs for prehospital and public safety responders to help increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival.

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