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Drugs considered for COVID-19 can raise risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms

OHSU, Indiana University paper advises caution, monitoring if drug combination used As some consider treating coronavirus patients with a combination of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, cardiologists are advising caution because both medications can increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. In… Read More

Intravenous sodium nitrite ineffective for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

No survival differences seen in randomized, placebo-controlled trial Among patients who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, intravenous sodium nitrite given by paramedics during resuscitation did not significantly improve their chances of being admitted to or discharged from the hospital alive, according to research presented at the American… Read More

NIH-funded studies show stents and surgery no better than medication, lifestyle changes at reducing the risk for heart attack

NIH-funded studies find stents, surgery provide higher quality of life for those with chest pain Invasive procedures such as bypass surgery and stenting--commonly used to treat blocked arteries--are no better at reducing the risk for heart attack and death in patients with stable ischemic heart disease than medication and lifestyle changes alone… Read More

Nation's EMS agencies need help to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

CLINTON, MS -- Across the country, in large urban areas as well as small rural communities, EMTs and paramedics are serving on the frontlines of our nation's war against the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes without the necessary supplies and equipment to ensure the safety of their patients and themselves. Emergency medical services (EMS) are… Read More

Annual 5K walk goes virtual

The 5K Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh has been canceled. But you can still help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest by virtually joining or supporting our team. All donations to our team directly benefit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Click here to help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. Out of an… Read More

Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

Worry that ‘all hands’ responses may expose doctors and nurses to infection prompts debate about prioritizing the survival of the many over the one Hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the “save at all costs” approach to… Read More

Study shows key factors for reducing brain damage from cardiac arrest

Osaka University-led research finds predictors of better response to extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR), which can improve blood flow OSAKA, JAPAN -- People who suffer cardiac arrest usually have low likelihood of survival, especially if it happens out of the hospital. Those who do survive can have neurological damage due to the… Read More

New FDA guidance allows use of KardiaMobile 6L to measure QTc in COVID-19 patients

World’s only FDA-cleared six-lead personal ECG will be used by healthcare professionals to monitor QT duration in patients receiving medications that can cause potentially life-threatening QT prolongation. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- AliveCor, the leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-based, personal ECG technology, and provider of enterprise… Read More

Interim guidance to reduce COVID-19 transmission during resuscitation care

American Heart Association urges specific precautions when caring for patients DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, has released interim guidance for resuscitation care intended specifically for patients with known or suspected COVID-19. This guidance is… Read More

What heart patients should know about coronavirus

The coronavirus should have everyone's attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert. COVID-19, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has sickened more than 200,000 people and killed thousands around the globe.  In the United States, "it's not so much a question… Read More