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Qualified charitable distributions: Using your IRA to give from the heart

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit from writing… Read More

Call-Push-Shock: A growing movement

The Call-Push-Shock social media campaign, designed to motivate bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), is becoming a national movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, were presented at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle last week.[1]… Read More

LA County Fire Department wins Cardiac Arrest Survival Video Contest

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has won the 2019 Cardiac Arrest Survival Video Contest, co-sponsored by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation, with their entry, Can’t Stop Compressing. The award was announced by Mary Newman, president of the SCA Foundation, at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle on… Read More

NJ legislation would require AEDs in hotels – now is time to help get it passed!

New Jersey legislation (S.3024/ A.4486) would require every hotel to “place AEDs throughout the hotel in a manner that ensures they are readily accessible in the event they are needed to respond to a sudden cardiac event.” This bill would require every hotel in the State that is not a bed and breakfast to provide an automated external… Read More

Kyle Hayes named winner of the People Saving People Award

Kyle Hayes, who saved his wife and unborn child with CPR, has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award. Kyle Hayes, of Eastvale, California, has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award for saving the lives of his wife, Jennifer, 34, and their unborn son… Read More

Citizen CPR Foundation brings the entire chain of sudden cardiac arrest survival to Seattle, WA

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS--The Citizen CPR Foundation will host the first Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle, Washington December 10th through 13th at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. The Summit is the largest gathering in the world dedicated to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) training, response and action. It brings together CPR/ECC/EMS instructors,… Read More

Prearrival care often means the difference between life and death

“Prearrival care” (interventions provided by bystanders before trained medical providers arrive on the scene) can mean the difference between life and death for cardiac arrest victims, according to a landmark article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Lay Responder Care for an Adult with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest,” by… Read More

Heartbeat NOLA Produces Its First Major Fundraiser “A Grateful Heart Celebration”

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Maurice Trosclair releases album, “Grateful--A Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor's Awakening to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.” NEW ORLEANS--Heartbeat NOLA continues to spread awareness of the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and having quick and public access to AEDs (automated external… Read More

Call-Push-Shock: From campaign to movement

The Call-Push-Shock social media campaign, designed to motivate bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), is becoming a national movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, were presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium… Read More

Worried about legal risk of doing CPR? Inaction is riskier

CPR saves lives, but some bystanders may hold back from helping for fear of being sued. New research suggests the higher legal risk comes from not helping. A review of 30 years of U.S. lawsuits found only a few tied to someone performing CPR. Many more were related to delayed or inadequate CPR. The review also found more than $620 million has… Read More