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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

Magnets in newer portable electronic devices can interfere with implanted defibrillators

Research Highlights: For cardiac patients, strong magnets used in newer electronic devices such as the Apple AirPods Pro charging case, the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation and the Microsoft Surface Pen can interfere with the function of implanted cardioverter defibrillators, known as ICDs, according to a study from Switzerland. While this study… Read More

AEDs are a crucial life-saving tool. Why doesn't every U.S. school have one?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation worked with Spotlight on America on this report, which aired on multiple TV stations nationwide. SCAF Board members JoAnne Taylor Babbitt and Henry Jampel, MD, were interviewed. WASHINGTON (TND) — A simple device that could save lives is missing from many of the places that need it the most: schools. When a sudden… Read More

Virtual Town Hall on Feb. 25 to address inequities in OHCA outcomes

The American Heart Association is presenting a free webinar titled, “AHA Virtual Town Hall: A Conversation about Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes,” on February 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. CT in partnership with the Citizen CPR Foundation and the National Association of EMS Physicians.  The webinar will be a “town… Read More

New lifesaving program for cardiac arrest emergencies launched in Cumberland County, PA

Calling it a “real gamechanger for saving lives,” The Peyton Walker Foundation (PWF) and Emergency Health Services Federation (EHSF) announced the launch of a new, innovative 4-Minute City (4MC) Program. PWF and EHSF are teaming up with Avive Solutions, Cumberland County 911 and Public Safety Agencies along with UPMC Pinnacle Foundation to… Read More

New Life Saving Program for Cardiac Arrest Emergencies Launched in Cumberland County

Calling it a “real gamechanger for saving lives”, The Peyton Walker Foundation (PWF) and Emergency Health Services Federation (EHSF) announced the launch of a new, innovative 4-Minute City (4MC) Program. PWF and EHSF are teaming up with Avive Solutions, Cumberland County 911 and Public Safety Agencies along with UPMC Pinnacle Foundation to… Read More

COVID-19 infections increase risk of heart conditions up to a year later

Cardiovascular care essential part of post-infection care An in-depth analysis of federal health data indicates that people who have had COVID-19 are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular complications within the first month to a year after infection. Such complications include disruptive heart rhythms, inflammation of the heart, blood… Read More

These three facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest could help save a life

This February, American Heart Month, you can learn critical information about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) that could help you save a life. Three key things to remember: 1. SCA is not a heart attack: SCA is an “electrical” problem affecting the heart rhythm and a heart attack is a “plumbing” problem affecting blood flow. It’s a very common… Read More

Worried about dying in your sleep?

There are a lot of things to worry about these days. Should dying during sleep be one of them? Comedian Bob Saget’s death earlier this month at age 65 prompted conversations about the possibility and risks after he was found unresponsive in a hotel room bed, though no cause of death has been announced. Doctors say dying during sleep is a… Read More

New CPR guidance addresses more contagious COVID-19 variants amidst evolving pandemic

Resuscitation guidance for treating patients with COVID-19 from the American Heart Association and collaborating organizations DALLAS, TX -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Heart Association and collaborating organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Society… Read More