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TV and film ‘thump’ is not effective alternative to CPR, researchers at University of Warwick demonstrate

New study from Warwick Medical School examined the effectiveness of three alternatives to CPR, concluding that none were beneficial First comprehensive systematic review of evidence on precordial thump, percussion pacing and cough CPR – all of which have fallen out of routine practice Precordial thump is often portrayed in television and film… Read More

Post-traumatic stress among survivors and informal caregivers persists long after cardiac arrest

Members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s online community, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, recently participated in research conducted by Alex Prescuitti, MA, MSCS, University of Colorado, and his colleagues. Participants included 169 survivors and 43 informal caregivers. Research results were just published in Resuscitation Plus. … Read More

Raised mortality from cardiac arrest in people with COVID-19

Sudden cardiac arrest is more often fatal in people with COVID-19, a new study shows. Those responsible for the research see the results as a wake-up call for the public and care providers alike. The survey now published in the European Heart Journal is a register-based observation study. It covers all 3,026 cases of sudden cardiac arrest that… Read More

Henry Ford cardiologists find Apple iPhone 12 magnet deactivates implantable cardiac devices

DETROIT, MI--One of the newest features of the Apple iPhone 12 series of mobile devices is a strong magnet that helps align the phone on Apple’s MagSafe accessory to maximize charging – a feature that raised the curiosity of Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologist Gurjit Singh, M.D., and his colleagues. Dr. Singh is an expert in… Read More

Mayo Clinic research yields breakthrough in mobile determination of QT prolongation

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Researchers from Mayo Clinic and AliveCor Inc. have been using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a mobile device that can identify certain patients at risk of sudden cardiac death.  This research has yielded a breakthrough in determining the health of the electrical recharging system in a patient's heart. The researchers… Read More

When is dead really dead?

The Death Prediction and Physiology after Removal of Therapy Study (DePPaRT Study) A new international study, led by Dr. Sonny Dhanani published in the January 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, documents the physiology of the dying process. Working closely with the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program, The … Read More

Genetic breakthrough to target care for deadly heart condition

New genetic faults discovered in people with a heart condition that is sometimes inherited in families could transform the diagnosis and treatment of the hidden disease, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in Nature Genetics. Researchers have found a new type of genetic change in the DNA of people with… Read More

William J. Brady, MD, joins Board of Directors

William J. Brady, MD, has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Brady is a practicing academic emergency physician at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. He is a tenured professor of Emergency Medicine, Medicine, and Nursing as well as the David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator at… Read More

Women at higher-risk of fatal, nighttime cardiac arrest

Novel research from the Smidt Heart Institute suggests clinicians should be cautious when prescribing certain medications to high-risk female patients. LOS ANGELES -- New research from the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai has found for the first time that during nighttime hours, women are more… Read More

Study finds sodium nitrite does not improve survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Administering sodium nitrite during resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest does not improve survival, according to a study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II randomized control trial, researchers assessed just over 1,500 adults with out-of-hospital… Read More