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Call-Push-Shock Partners urge the public to learn CPR and how to use AEDs to help save lives

PITTSBURGH, PA--Parent Heart Watch and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, co-sponsors of the Call-Push-Shock movement—along with 50 co-partners—urge the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Their appeal comes during National CPR and AED Awareness Week,… Read More

Illinois Supreme Court agrees fitness centers may be liable if staff fail to use AED when needed

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled two state laws establish fitness centers can be obligated to use an automated external defibrillator if a patron is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, and failure to do so can be considered willful and wanton misconduct. Justice Michael Burke wrote the 6-0 opinion issued May 19; Justice Robert Carter took no… Read More

Requiring CPR/AED training in schools can improve OHCA survival rates

Researchers found higher rates of bystander CPR/AED use in states with education laws enacted WASHINGTON, D.C.-- States with laws requiring CPR/ automated external defibrillator (AED) training in high school have higher rates of bystander CPR (BCPR) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) than states with no CPR education laws, according to a… Read More

Montana ECC Symposium

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation attended the 2022 Montana Emergency Cardiovascular Care Symposium in Bozeman, MT, on May 20-21.  Presentations included: Citizenship and Survivorship: Psychosocial Implications of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, by Katie Dainty, PhD, MSc, University of Toronto State of the State ECC System Report by Bret Birrer, MD… Read More

Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder

MADRID, SPAIN -- Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The study was conducted in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), enabling the authors to track the… Read More

Black, Hispanic adults less likely to receive CPR, especially in public

CPR was least likely for Black and Hispanic adults in a less personal setting, such as on the street or in a public transportation center, according to findings presented Friday at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions in Reston, Virginia. Results improved at home or in public settings where… Read More

College athletes rarely develop heart problems one year after having COVID-19

College athletes who contract COVID-19 and return to playing sports have a low risk of developing life-threatening heart problems, according to new research that suggests stringent cardiac testing isn't necessary. The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, followed up on a related 2021 study that… Read More

The Compress and Shock Foundation is holding free CPR and AED classes for the public on May 21st

The Compress and Shock Foundation is encouraging the public to “Own the Outcome” in cardiac arrest by attending their 6th Annual Free CPR and AED Education Day on Saturday, May 21st. Classes will be held at various locations around Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. A few locations will offer Spanish-language CPR and AED education… Read More

Drone-delivered defibrillators could save lives

As a kid, Justin Boutilier would sometimes get roped into helping his dad, a paramedic and firefighter, perform automated external defibrillator demonstrations in and around his hometown of Niagara Falls, Canada. “If a kid can use an AED, so can you,” he says, recalling one of his dad’s messages during those visits to local office buildings or… Read More

Mower, co-inventor of implantable defibrillator, dies at 89

BALTIMORE, MD--Dr. Morton Mower, a former Maryland-based cardiologist who helped invent an automatic implantable defibrillator that has helped countless heart patients live longer and healthier, has died at age 89.  Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mower, who died two days earlier of cancer at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, The… Read More