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Announcing 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

CPR training from anywhere with Anniewhere

Anniewhere is a web solution that enables instructors to teach CPR skills remotely and in classrooms. Learners join the classroom through the QCPR Classroom app providing real-time objective feedback to both instructor and learner. Whether the learners have a manikin or not, the application uses the phone's camera to measure rate, depth, and… Read More

PulsePoint encourages everyone to locate and register AEDs during National SCA Awareness Month

With your help dispatch center staff can inform 9-1-1 callers of nearby lifesaving devices.  In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the PulsePoint Foundation will be holding a contest throughout the month of October to encourage AED location identification and registration so these life-saving devices can be disclosed… Read More

Comprehensive network for cardiac arrest assistance in Eindhoven

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--As of today, Eindhoven is the first major Dutch city to have a wide network of civilian aid workers and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) within fast reach to the residents. ‘6-minute zone’ About eight hundred volunteers had resuscitation training today in the Philips Stadium with the aim of becoming civilian… Read More

Cardiac arrest during air travel: A citizen’s crucial role

Study findings identify witness recognition of the victim as the first in a series of actions that lead to better-than-usual survival. If you have a cardiac arrest, airports and airplanes appear to be relatively better places for successful resuscitation, mainly due to the proximity of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and responsive… Read More

HIV linked with increased risk of sudden cardiac death

DALLAS, TX--People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher risk of sudden cardiac death than people who do not have HIV, especially if the virus is not well-controlled or if they have other heart disease risk factors, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access… Read More

If you witness a cardiac arrest, your actions could save a life

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE -- Lay responders’ swift assistance to cardiac arrest victims is associated with improved survival, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 “Our study suggests that when emergency medical services incorporate members of the public into their systems, cardiac arrest victims are more likely to survive,” said… Read More

One in ten cardiac arrest patients phoned emergency services the day before

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE -- Difficulty breathing is the most common symptom before cardiac arrest, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 “Breathing problems more frequently preceded cardiac arrest than chest pain,” said study author Mr. Filip Gnesin, a research scholar at North Zealand Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark. “Since… Read More

Drones delivered defibrillators to patients with suspected cardiac arrests

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden can now report the results of a unique pilot project where drones were used to deliver defibrillators to real-life alerts of suspected cardiac arrest. The drones were dispatched in more than a fifth of the emergencies and arrived on target and ahead of the ambulance in most cases. The results are… Read More

Study highlights steep rise in cardiac arrests associated with opioid use

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE --  A nationwide US study has shown that the rate of opioid-related cardiac arrests has steeply risen and is now on par with the rate of cardiac arrest from other causes. The research is presented at ESC Congress 2021.1 Opioid use disorder, which includes dependence and addiction, affects more than two million people in… Read More