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More than half of “sudden” cardiac arrest victims had contacted health services before

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiac arrest is lethal within minutes if left untreated and it is estimated that, on average, less than 10% of victims survive. “The high mortality from cardiac arrest in the community emphasises the need to identify those at risk,” said study author Dr. Nertila… Read More

Lower survival from sudden cardiac arrest during pandemic

A recent study from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the survival of those who experience out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers at the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention found that the survival rate has been significantly reduced – even in communities… Read More

OHCA in Denver increased, EMS activations decreased during COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

Researchers encourage patients to go to the ER if they are having a heart attack WASHINGTON, DC--Denver saw a significantly higher number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests during the COVID-19 pandemic “shelter-in-place” mandate and fewer numbers of people calling ambulances, according to research correspondence published today in JACC:… Read More

Severe COVID-19 associated with heart issues; much yet to discover

An American Heart Association overview DALLAS, TX--The number of people coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is rising with more cases in the U.S. (5M according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) than any other country (20M confirmed cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, WHO). Initially thought to be an… Read More

Smartphone activation of citizen responders facilitates CPR and defibrillation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Citizen responders who were dispatched through a smartphone app and arrived before emergency medical services increased the odds of the patient receiving bystander CPR and bystander defibrillation, researchers found. “Several regions and countries are implementing app dispatch of volunteer citizens, and it is of great importance that we follow… Read More

Heart condition linked with COVID-19 fuels concern about viability of college sports this fall

A rare heart condition that could be linked with the coronavirus is fueling concern among Power 5 conference administrators about the viability of college sports this fall. Myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, has been found in at least five Big Ten Conference athletes and among several other athletes in other conferences, according to… Read More

Vikings LB Cameron Smith discovers he needs heart surgery after COVID testing

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith needs open-heart surgery and will be sidelined for the 2020 season. Smith announced the development Saturday on Instagram, having recently learned through testing positive for COVID-19 that he has a serious heart condition. "I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve… Read More

Decline in U.S. cardiac deaths slowing, while county-level disparities grow

Research Highlights: Steady progress in reducing the rates of premature cardiac death in the U.S. began slowing in 2011, largely due to rising rates of out-of-hospital premature cardiac deaths, especially among younger adults. County-level disparities in premature cardiac death rates across the U.S. have widened over the past two decades… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announces launch of Oregon Affiliate

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, is pleased to announce the launch of an affiliate in Oregon. An estimated 2,200 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Oregon each year. SCAF-Oregon aims to: Form support groups for survivors and family members following… Read More

Three-quarters of adults with COVID-19 have heart damage after recovery

Seventy-eight percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 showed evidence of heart damage caused by the disease weeks after they have recovered, according to a study published Monday by JAMA Cardiology. Of 100 participants in the study, 78 had evidence of heart damage on magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, according to the researchers. None of the… Read More