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AI predicts if and when someone will experience cardiac arrest

An algorithm built to assess scar patterns in patient heart tissue can predict potentially life-threatening arrhythmias more accurately than doctors can. A new artificial intelligence-based approach can predict if and when a patient could die of cardiac arrest. The technology, built on raw images of patient's diseased hearts and patient… Read More

HeartRescue Project integrates with Resuscitation Academy Foundation

The HeartRescue Project was sponsored by the Medtronic Philanthropy, and is an effort to partner with states and organizations to build a comprehensive registry of resuscitation that can be used to focus efforts to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  The mantra of HeartRescue is to “measure and improve.” The original… Read More

Who should receive a device to prevent sudden cardiac death?

Heart images may help to predict the risk of sudden cardiac death in heart attack survivors, according to the largest analysis of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) data to date. The late breaking research from the PROFID project is presented at EHRA 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Heart attack survivors… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest kills one in five people but cannot be reliably predicted yet

An analysis of more than 10,000 individuals has failed to produce a model that accurately predicts sudden cardiac arrest. The results from the ESCAPE-NET project were presented at EHRA 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Dr. Hanno Tan, ESCAPE-NET project leader and cardiologist, Amsterdam University Medical… Read More

Survivors share their raw experiences and insights on the big stage

One of the highlights of the 2021 Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation, was a panel discussion on cardiac arrest survival moderated by Katie Dainty, PhD, and featuring survivors Johnnie Davis, Joe Farrell, DPT, Katrysa Gellis, Brandon Griffith, and Steve Tannenbaum. It was the first time survivors… Read More

The experiences and needs of families of comatose patients after cardiac arrest and severe neurotrauma 

The perspectives of national key stakeholders during a National Institutes of Health funded workshop According to new research published in Critical Care Explorations, acute brain injury from cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury happens suddenly and unexpectedly, carrying high potential for lifelong disability with substantial prognostic… Read More

Predicting sudden cardiac arrest

Cedars-Sinai researchers are the first to distinguish between treatable and untreatable sudden cardiac arrest Clinician-scientists in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai developed a clinical algorithm that, for the first time, distinguishes between treatable sudden cardiac arrest and untreatable forms of the condition.  The findings,… Read More

Dr. Sarah Perman and Dr. Sachin Agarwal join Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Advisory Council

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Council members: Sarah Perman, MD, MSCE, FAHA, and Sachin Agarwal, MD, MPH. Dr. Perman is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, where she… Read More

Critical and underutilized: fire and police responders associated with higher cardiac arrest survival rates

In a cardiac arrest, everything comes down to how quickly you “get on the chest.” Every minute CPR is not initiated or an automated external defibrillator, or AED, is not utilized, the chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. A new study finds that survival rates increase when first responders in police and fire departments intervene in out-of-… Read More

Racial minorities are less likely to receive CPR when they need it

Bystanders give CPR significantly more often when the person suffering cardiac arrest is white WASHINGTON, DC--Black and Hispanic individuals who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest at home or in public are substantially less likely than white individuals to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander, according to a study… Read More