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Lowering driving restriction to 3 months after ICD implantation may be safe

Reducing the current 6-month driving restriction following a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator to 3 months may be safe, according to data published in Circulation.  “Regulatory authorities of most industrialized countries recommend 6 months of private driving restriction after implantation of a secondary prevention ICD,” Christian… Read More

For the first time in medical history, an autonomous drone helps save the life of a cardiac arrest patient

GOTHENBURG, Sweden-- Everdrone's Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery service (EMADE), an innovative link in the chain of life-saving measures of Region Västra Götaland, Sweden, was put to the toughest of tests in the morning of December the 9th of 2021. In the Swedish city of Trollhättan, a 71-year-old man was shoveling snow in his driveway when he… Read More

A winter wonderland can turn deadly with heart attacks brought on by snow shoveling

DALLAS, TX--As pretty as new-fallen snow appears, shoveling sidewalks and driveways can be deadly. According to the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, many people may face an increased risk of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest after shoveling heavy snow. The… Read More

SCA survivors and family members meet in San Diego

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation hosted two informal gatherings of sudden cardiac arrest survivors and family members during the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in San Diego. Discussions were facilitated by Mary M. Newman, MS, SCAF president, along with colleagues Ankur Doshi, MD, FACEP, University of Pittsburgh and SCAF Board Member; Sachin… Read More

Salem Fire Foundation wins the Cardiac Arrest Survival Video Contest

In recognition of their achievement, the Salem Fire Foundation will receive a Philips AED donated by CoroMed. The Citizen CPR Foundation and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation jointly conducted a video contest as part of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit on December 7-10 in San Diego. The goal of the contest is to increase awareness about … Read More

Juliana and Bill Schirmer named winners of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation “People Saving People Award”

They could have passed by, but they decided to help. Their decision made the difference between life and death. Because of their heroic actions, Juliana and Bill Schirmer have been named winners of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s “People Saving People Award” for saving the life of Al Hart. Juliana and Bill Schirmer have been named winners… Read More

A Penn professor’s heart stopped at restaurant that had no defibrillator. Few are equipped with the lifesaving devices.

Kevin Volpp’s heart stopped beating while he was eating at a Seasons 52 restaurant, yet he survived after a dinner companion performed CPR and an ambulance crew arrived with an automated external defibrillator — an AED. But after he recovered, Volpp was dismayed to learn that the restaurant itself was not equipped with such a device. A Penn… Read More

Young people recover quickly from rare myocarditis side effect of COVID-19 vaccine

Research Highlights: Most adolescents and young adults with suspected myocarditis following a COVID-19 vaccination experience mild symptoms and rapid clinical recovery, though many had evidence of continued heart inflammation, according to a new study published today. Study authors said fast ventricular rhythms and the need for medications to… Read More

Low education and income level increase risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Socioeconomic factors affect the risk of cardiovascular disease and the chances of recovery. New research from Karolinska Institutet interrogates the significance of socioeconomic factors for sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The study, which is published in Circulation, shows that education and income impact survival rates in both men and… Read More

Mary M. Newman, MS, President of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Named Recipient of the 2021 American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Champion Award

Mary M. Newman, MS, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, has been named recipient of the 2021 American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Champion Award. The award "recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to the field of resuscitation science, through championing research and/or clinical… Read More