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Dr. Sarah Perman and Dr. Sachin Agarwal join Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Advisory Council

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Council members: Sarah Perman, MD, MSCE, FAHA, and Sachin Agarwal, MD, MPH. Dr. Perman is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, where she… Read More

Critical and underutilized: fire and police responders associated with higher cardiac arrest survival rates

In a cardiac arrest, everything comes down to how quickly you “get on the chest.” Every minute CPR is not initiated or an automated external defibrillator, or AED, is not utilized, the chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. A new study finds that survival rates increase when first responders in police and fire departments intervene in out-of-… Read More

Racial minorities are less likely to receive CPR when they need it

Bystanders give CPR significantly more often when the person suffering cardiac arrest is white WASHINGTON, DC--Black and Hispanic individuals who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest at home or in public are substantially less likely than white individuals to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander, according to a study… Read More

CPR 'heroes' need more support, report says

When she arrived at her neighbor's house and found him unconscious and turning blue, Brianna Colquitt knew what to do. While someone called 911, Colquitt, then a high school senior in Carrollton, Georgia, started CPR. She kept it up until emergency responders arrived. Her training, which she'd received in a high school health class the year… Read More

Lay rescuers who do CPR are heroes and survivors, new statement addresses their perspective

Statement Highlights: New American Heart Association scientific statement reviews data on the experience of lay people who have performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), assessing their perspectives on what it is really like to respond and perform CPR to save someone’s life, the impact of training and dealing with the residual impact of… Read More

ACC issues clinical guidance on cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19

Consensus document provides a framework for understanding, evaluating, and managing some of the key cardiovascular sequelae of COVID-19 The American College of Cardiology has issued an expert consensus decision pathway for the evaluation and management of adults with key cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19. The document discusses myocarditis… Read More

Avive secures $22 million in Series A funding to advance intelligent AED and lifesaving platform for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Avive Solutions, Inc., developer of an intelligent AED and connected response platform for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) emergencies, today announced that it closed a $22 million Series A round of financing co-led by Questa Capital, Catalyst Health Ventures and repeat investor Laerdal Million Lives Fund. This funding… Read More

Bystander CPR on kids differs by race and ethnicity

Black and Hispanic children are less likely to receive bystander CPR than white children, according to a new study. The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, focused on settings outside a hospital, before emergency medical services arrive to help. Past studies show racial disparities in adult out-of-… Read More

AHA releases Heart and Stroke Statistics – 2022 Update

The following compilation of selected highlights of the Heart and Stroke Statistics - 2022 Update by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation focuses on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S.  The American Heart Association has released Heart and Stroke Statistics - 2022 Update. According to the report, cardiac arrest remains a public health… Read More

COVID-19 confers worse outcomes in patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest

Among patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest, those with COVID-19 had worse rates of survival and return of spontaneous circulation compared with those who did not, according to a research letter published in JAMA Network Open. However, those with COVID-19 and in hospital cardiac arrest in this cohort, spanning March to December 2020, had a… Read More