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Wildfires may fuel heart health hazards: Smoke exposure increases cardiovascular risks

The American Heart Association warns smoke exposure from the current wildfires out of Canada may cause heart problems or worsen existing ones DALLAS, TX--As wildfires spread across southern Canada, smoke from those fires is rapidly drifting into the U.S. and the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on… Read More

Heart advocates from across the nation unite to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives

PITTSBURGH, PA--Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) representatives participated in the Third Annual National CPR/AED Awareness Rally & March on June 2-3 in Washington, D.C. They joined heart advocates from 28 organizations and D.C. Fire and EMS in providing CPR/AED demonstrations along the Northwest quadrant of the Washington Monument.… Read More

Mount Sinai researchers use new deep learning approach to enable analysis of electrocardiograms as language

NEW YORK, NY--Mount Sinai researchers have developed an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) model for electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis that allows for the interpretation of ECGs as language. This approach can enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of ECG-related diagnoses, especially for cardiac conditions where limited data is available on… Read More

Defibrillators used in just 10 per cent of out of hospital cardiac arrests - study shows

Findings highlight need for better education and awareness around defibrillators, researchers say Defibrillators are being used in just one in 10 cardiac arrests where the lifesaving devices are available, according to new research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester.   The research drew upon data from the… Read More

Bills safety Damar Hamlin launches CPR Tour in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, NY--Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin kicked off a multicity tour at his home stadium on Saturday to distribute medical equipment and promote techniques that helped save his life in January. Hamlin handed out automated external defibrillators for close to 50 youth sports and community organizations on the Bills' field at Highmark… Read More

Grief can increase risk of heart problems, study finds

People who lost loved ones were asked in a study to recall moments of grief. Their blood pressure escalated as a result. Losing loved ones can take a major toll not just on psychological well-being but also on physical health. Researchers at the University of Arizona studied the impact of grief on heart function and found that severe grief can… Read More

Fear and language barriers keep some Latino people from performing CPR

At a CPR class in Spanish in central Virginia, some members of the Latino community say they recognize that the technique can save someone whose heart stops beating. But they acknowledge that fear and uncertainty might keep them from providing critical care. Such apprehension has prompted trainers who have witnessed it to teach not just how to… Read More

Nation of Lifesavers™ to turn bystanders into lifesavers through nationwide CPR & AED awareness, education

The American Heart Association launches movement to double survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest by 2030; Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin to serve as National Ambassador DALLAS, TX--Seven in 10 people in America say they feel powerless to act in the face of a cardiac emergency[1]. As a result, less than half of all people who need this… Read More

NFL expands Smart Heart Sports Coalition to include 26 members, continuing to drive CPR and AED advocacy

NEW YORK, NY -- At the outset of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, the NFL today announced that it has expanded The Smart Heart Sports Coalition to 26 member organizations.  Founded in March 2023 in response to the life-saving emergency care provided to Damar Hamlin, the coalition is advocating for all 50 states to adopt evidence-based… Read More

'Learn to Drive Learn CPR': A lifesaving initiative for the next generation of drivers

'Learn to Drive, Learn CPR' is a new collaboration between the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the European Driving Schools Association (EFA) to empower young drivers and save lives. The ERC survey revealed that in 44% of European countries, citizens are required to undergo basic life support (BLS) courses for certain driving licenses.… Read More