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Take action during National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis. It strikes 1,000 people each day in the U.S. alone. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the critical importance of bystander intervention with CPR and the use of automated external… Read More

Spouses of ICU patients may be at increased risk for cardiac events or hospitalization

DALLAS, TX--Having a spouse in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) may make a person more likely to have a heart attack or cardiac-related hospitalization themselves within a few weeks of the ICU admission, according to new research published today in Circulation. “Spouses of ICU patients should pay attention to their own physical health,… Read More

Concealed cardiomyopathies revealed in cardiac arrest survivors

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Centenary Institute researchers have discovered that genetic testing can identify ‘concealed cardiomyopathies’ in nearly a quarter of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors who seem to have a normal heart. The findings will mean improved diagnosis rates and personalized care for SCA survivors as well as guide the screening of… Read More

Could drones be the key to increasing defibrillator use during cardiac arrest?

When cardiac arrest happens outside of a hospital, every moment is critical to survival. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. An estimated 90% of people who experience one do not survive. If a bystander can respond with cardiopulmonary resuscitation… Read More

Call-Push-Shock to be presented at CDC's Health Communication, Marketing and Media Forum

Information on the Call-Push-Shock campaign, "Organizations Unite in National Movement to Impact Public Understanding of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest to Drive Action and Save Lives," will be presented (virtually) in October at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Health Communication, Marketing and Media Forum. Call-Push-Shock… Read More

Resuming sexual activity soon after heart attack linked with improved survival

SOPHIA, ANTIPOLIS--Returning to usual levels of sexual activity within a few months after a heart attack is positively associated with long-term survival. That’s the finding of a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology. “Sexuality and sexual activity are markers of… Read More

New center's mission: predict, prevent sudden cardiac arrest

Smidt Heart Institute launches comprehensive Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention to investigate complex solutions to a historically lethal problem LOS ANGELES, CA--The Smidt Heart Institute is launching a new, comprehensive Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention to help predict and prevent the usually fatal heart rhythm problem. "Fewer than… Read More

University of Alberta group designs better CPR board for resuscitating COVID-19 patients

Pandemic inspires innovation in emergency and critical care. A potential need sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired an Edmonton team of clinicians and academics to build a better cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) board for use in emergency departments and intensive care units (ICUs). Because of COVID-19’s attack on the lungs, many… Read More

Study challenges "scoop and run" model for cardiac arrest

The odds of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are significantly better when resuscitation efforts are continued on scene, as opposed to being performed while the patient is being transported to the hospital, a large observational study has found. The process of moving a patient during resuscitation (known as "scoop and run") may… Read More

EMS World Expo keynote: 'What You Do Matters'

A riveting 9-1-1 call from the early-morning hours of May 11, 2020, captivated attendees of EMS World Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Oregon ophthalmologist Will Flanary, better known in social media circles as his comedic alter ego Dr. Glaucomflecken, recounted his May near-death cardiac arrest experience and the heroic efforts of the 9-1-1… Read More