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Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks Can Increase Bystander Intervention, Improve Survival, Study Shows

WASHINGTON, DC--Prompt action from a bystander can impact the likelihood a person survives cardiac arrest when it occurs outside of a hospital. Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training kiosks are becoming more widespread and are an effective training tool, a new Annals of Emergency Medicine analysis finds. 

A new study of 738 participants compares the efficacy of three types of Hands-Only CPR; a classroom session with a facilitator, a kiosk session with a manikin, and a video-only session. Hands-Only CPR is as effective as conventional CPR and simplifies the skill while decreasing common concerns about mouth-to-mouth contact, the authors note.  

Racial Disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death Rates Cannot Be Explained by Known Risk Factors

Despite controlling for factors including income, smoking and cholesterol levels, black patients remain at high risk

PHILADELPHIA, PA--While it’s well reported that black patients are twice as likely as white patients to succumb to sudden cardiac death (SCD), the underlying factors that propel this disparity remain unknown. According to a first-of-its-kind study from Penn Medicine, published online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers showed that even after controlling for risk factors like income, education, smoking, exercise, and bad cholesterol, among others, black patients remained at significantly higher risk for SCD.

Clifton Callaway Receives 2018 AHA Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, IL--The American Heart Association awarded Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiac Resuscitation Science at its Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018. The award recognizes leaders in the field of cardiac resuscitation science. Callaway, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine, studies resuscitation medicine with special emphasis on brain injury after cardiac arrest. He has developed a translational research program devoted to the topic of resuscitation from sudden death.

Key Takeaways from Three Landmark Heart Studies

Pivotal research conducted at cedars-sinai announced at american heart association scientific sessions

CHICAGO, IL--Today, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, the research group led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, professor of Medicine and associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute, presented three critical research studies aimed at better understanding sudden cardiac arrest.

"These research studies provide clues into some of the toughest questions in cardiac care," said Chugh, the Pauline and Harold Price Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology Research. "These findings help us move closer to understanding who is at highest risk of sudden cardiac arrest."

Some Heart Patients Ride Roller Coasters and Pursue Other Thrill-seeking Activities Despite Warnings

DALLAS, TX--Adults with an inherited thickening of the heart muscle, often don’t stop participating in thrill-seeking activities despite recommendations that they should. And while some experienced minor consequences, only a few suffered serious health effects as a result, according to preliminary research from an online survey to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Black Infants May Have Higher Cardiac Arrest Rates

DALLAS, TX--A multi-year review of all pediatric emergency response records in Houston found that Black infants comprised a significantly larger proportion of cardiac arrests than expected, more than four times more cases than in non-Hispanic White children, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018, an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

PTSD Linked to Increased Complications and Death a Year After Cardiac Arrest

DALLAS, TX--Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms may significantly increase cardiac arrest survivors’ risk of major cardiovascular events and death up to a year after the initial medical crisis, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018 - an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

Public AEDs Cost-Effective for Saving Lives, Improving Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

DALLAS, TX--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) accessible in public places are cost-effective health tools for saving lives and improving cardiac arrest survival, according to two separate research studies to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018, an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

In a U.S. study (Presentation 25), researchers compared the cost-effectiveness of having public AEDs to not having them for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.   

Two Novel Studies Explore Why Women Receive Less CPR from Bystanders

DALLAS, TX--Concerns about inappropriate contact or causing injury may help explain why bystanders are less likely to perform CPR on women – even “virtual” women –  than on men who collapse with cardiac arrest, according to two studies presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018, an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

Fewer Cardiac Arrest Victims Get Bystander CPR in Latino Neighborhoods

DALLAS, TX--People who experience sudden cardiac arrest are less likely to receive CPR from bystanders and less likely to survive, when they collapse in neighborhoods with large Latino populations, according to a large, new study to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association's Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018, an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart abruptly stops pumping blood due to an electrical malfunction. Almost 4 in 10 such cases are witnessed by a bystander who is not an emergency medical services provider, according to American Heart Association statistics.

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