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Take a step for survival

Please join us Saturday, May 9 as we walk for a healthy community! By joining our Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 5k team in person (in Pittsburgh, PA) or virtually, you'll help us achieve our mission to raise awareness and save lives.   Sudden cardiac arrest is a public health crisis. It's the third leading cause of death in the United… Read More

New Call-Push-Shock video aims to increase bystander action

CALL-PUSH-SHOCK, a national educational campaign co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, is designed to motivate bystanders to call 911, give CPR and use AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. About 50 organizations have joined the campaign since it was launched in… Read More

RQI Partners and IAFC aim to double out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival

Resuscitation programs and education for fire service leaders are central elements to improve survival rates The American Heart Association states more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States annually. About 90% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. A time-critical, life-threatening… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest vs. heart attack: Public confusion is putting thousands of lives at risk

The blurring of sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack may be contributing to unintentional consumer apathy with deadly consequences. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects about 1,000 people each day in the U.S. and only 1 in 10 victims survives.[1] It is a public health crisis. It’s a common misconception that SCA and heart attack are one and… Read More

Slow, steady increase in exercise intensity is best for heart health

DALLAS, TX -- For most people, the benefits of aerobic exercise far outweigh the risks, however, extreme endurance exercise - such as participation in marathons and triathlons for people who aren't accustomed to high-intensity exercise - can raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) or heart attacks,… Read More

Race, income in neighborhoods tied to cardiac arrest survival

Socioeconomics might impact the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, suggests a new study that found survival rates are lower in heavily black than in heavily white neighborhoods, and in low- and middle-income areas compared with wealthy ones. More than 350,000 people each year in the U.S. have out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, when the heart's… Read More

Can a phone call help restart the heart?

When the heart suddenly stops beating, each passing moment can mean life or death. That is why emergency health providers and advocates are urging states to develop uniform standards and training for telecommunicator CPR. A new policy statement from an American Heart Association task force lays out steps for a widespread system for 911… Read More

U of M Twin Cities, Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care system partners aim to increase cardiac arrest survival rates

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, MN -- Today, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care systems across the Twin Cities, announce the creation of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC) and its mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) vehicles. This is a collaborative… Read More

State AED legislation update

The following is a summary of current AED (Automated External Defibrillator) legislation in the United States. Bills seeing movement so far this year Virginia SB 394: This bill, which would require health clubs to have an AED, passed the full senate 34-0 on January 24th. It now goes to the house for consideration. Massachusetts S.1403: This… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest often a woman's first sign of heart disease

New research from the Smidt Heart Institute says women at risk for cardiovascular disease must be better identified New research from the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai shows that rates of sudden cardiac arrest are rising following decades of a downward trend. While this disturbing uptick was… Read More