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Competitive Sports Appear Safe for Young Athletes with ICDs

A post-hoc analysis of the ICD Sports Registry—which has already indicated that many patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can safely participate in vigorous or competitive sports—shows that shocks are not infrequent in young ICD patients who play competitive sports but that these shocks are not associated with serious adverse outcomes. 

2018 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations Summary Published in Resuscitation and Circulation

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has initiated a continuous review of new, peer-reviewed, published cardiopulmonary resuscitation science. The second annual summary of International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations includes the most recent cardiopulmonary resuscitation science reviewed by ILCOR. The summary addresses the role of antiarrhythmic drugs in adults and children and includes the Advanced Life Support Task Force and Pediatric Task Force consensus statements, which summarize the most recent published evidence and an assessment of the quality of the evidence based on Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation criteria.

Upstream Exploration Raises Awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Makes Donation to Heartbeat NOLA

METAIRIE, LA--Upstream Exploration LLC (“Upstream” or the “Company”) a privately-held independent oil and gas exploration and production company, recently sponsored a class by Heartbeat NOLA, a local organization focused on raising awareness related to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). On November 16, 2018, all of the employees of Upstream located in Three Lakeway Building Metairie, LA, took a break from normal operations to attend Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training conducted by certified instructor Nancy Trosclair of Heartbeat NOLA.

Startling These Twins Could Put Their Hearts at Risk

Katie and Lance Cox were watching TV one evening, their infant twins Carter and John asleep nearby, when Katie dropped the remote control. As it clattered across the floor, the couple froze, staring terrified at one another.

They weren't worried about the remote. They were concerned that the noise would startle their babies to death.

That's what life is like when doctors say your newborns have only a 50 percent chance of surviving to their first birthday.

Resuscitation Science Symposium Showcases the Benefits of Dispatch-Assisted CPR

CHICAGO, IL--The American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium kicked off last week in Chicago with an opening plenary session on dispatch-assisted CPR co-moderated by Joseph P. Ornato, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Mary M. Newman, MS, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The session included testimonials from two survivors and the family members who helped save their lives, plus a research presentation by Tom Rea, MD, MPH, University of Washington.

Thousands More Lives Could Be Saved Each Year If More People Understood Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Need for Immediate Bystander Intervention

A national study conducted for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by StrataVerve found that thousands more lives could be saved if only the public understood the critical nature of sudden cardiac arrest and the need for immediate bystander intervention. When exposed to a simple definition of SCA, the likelihood to give CPR or apply an AED increases significantly.

Defibrillators May Help Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO, IL--Sudden cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating – is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. To help save lives, automated external defibrillators, which shock the heart back into a regular beat, have been placed in many public places.

Now, these portable AED devices may improve the chance of survival among children and teens, according to a new study presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago.

Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks Can Increase Bystander Intervention, Improve Survival, Study Shows

WASHINGTON, DC--Prompt action from a bystander can impact the likelihood a person survives cardiac arrest when it occurs outside of a hospital. Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training kiosks are becoming more widespread and are an effective training tool, a new Annals of Emergency Medicine analysis finds. 

A new study of 738 participants compares the efficacy of three types of Hands-Only CPR; a classroom session with a facilitator, a kiosk session with a manikin, and a video-only session. Hands-Only CPR is as effective as conventional CPR and simplifies the skill while decreasing common concerns about mouth-to-mouth contact, the authors note.  

Racial Disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death Rates Cannot Be Explained by Known Risk Factors

Despite controlling for factors including income, smoking and cholesterol levels, black patients remain at high risk

PHILADELPHIA, PA--While it’s well reported that black patients are twice as likely as white patients to succumb to sudden cardiac death (SCD), the underlying factors that propel this disparity remain unknown. According to a first-of-its-kind study from Penn Medicine, published online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers showed that even after controlling for risk factors like income, education, smoking, exercise, and bad cholesterol, among others, black patients remained at significantly higher risk for SCD.

Clifton Callaway Receives 2018 AHA Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, IL--The American Heart Association awarded Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiac Resuscitation Science at its Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018. The award recognizes leaders in the field of cardiac resuscitation science. Callaway, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine, studies resuscitation medicine with special emphasis on brain injury after cardiac arrest. He has developed a translational research program devoted to the topic of resuscitation from sudden death.

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