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Breathing heavy wildfire smoke may increase risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Research Highlights: Heavy wildfire smoke may raise the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. To reduce exposure to wildfire smoke, researchers advise people to stay indoors with doors and windows closed, to use high-efficiency air filters in air conditioning systems, avoid exertion, and consider seeking shelter elsewhere if the home does… Read More

Interim CPR guidelines address challenges of providing resuscitation during COVID-19 pandemic

DALLAS, TX -- With COVID-19 incidence currently increasing exponentially worldwide, the percentage of cardiac arrests with COVID-19 are also likely to increase. The evolving and expanding outbreak of COVID-19 cases creates challenges around resuscitation efforts and requires potential modifications of established processes and practices. The… Read More

Caution recommended on COVID-19 treatment with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for patients with cardiovascular disease

DALLAS, TX -- The global impact of COVID-19 continues to surge, and every day, the scientific community learns more about the impact and interaction of cardiovascular diseases with COVID-19. Together, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) jointly published this new… Read More

Mysterious heart damage, not just lung troubles, befalling COVID-19 patients

While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery. In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest. As more data comes in from China and Italy, as well… Read More

Interim guidance for pediatric resuscitation care to reduce COVID-19 transmission

American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics outline specific guidance when caring for patients DALLAS, TX -- The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the leading voice for pediatric health, have released interim… Read More

Drugs considered for COVID-19 can raise risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms

OHSU, Indiana University paper advises caution, monitoring if drug combination used As some consider treating coronavirus patients with a combination of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, cardiologists are advising caution because both medications can increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. In… Read More

Intravenous sodium nitrite ineffective for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

No survival differences seen in randomized, placebo-controlled trial Among patients who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, intravenous sodium nitrite given by paramedics during resuscitation did not significantly improve their chances of being admitted to or discharged from the hospital alive, according to research presented at the American… Read More

NIH-funded studies show stents and surgery no better than medication, lifestyle changes at reducing the risk for heart attack

NIH-funded studies find stents, surgery provide higher quality of life for those with chest pain Invasive procedures such as bypass surgery and stenting--commonly used to treat blocked arteries--are no better at reducing the risk for heart attack and death in patients with stable ischemic heart disease than medication and lifestyle changes alone… Read More

Nation's EMS agencies need help to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

CLINTON, MS -- Across the country, in large urban areas as well as small rural communities, EMTs and paramedics are serving on the frontlines of our nation's war against the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes without the necessary supplies and equipment to ensure the safety of their patients and themselves. Emergency medical services (EMS) are… Read More

Annual 5K walk goes virtual

The 5K Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh has been canceled. But you can still help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest by virtually joining or supporting our team. All donations to our team directly benefit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Click here to help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. Out of an… Read More