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The Latest in Resuscitation Science Research: Highlights From the 2018 American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium

The 2018 American Heart Association (AHA)’s Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS), held November 9 to 11, in Chicago, Illinois, brought together thought-provoking research from basic science to clinical trials and frontline work in the public health space. Across 16 sessions, more than 50 oral presentations were given on topics ranging from a… Read More

Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Is An Option to Overcome Barriers of Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation

DALLAS, TX--Home based, medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation may be, for some patients, an alternative to traditional medical center cardiac rehabilitation programs after a heart attack or other heart procedure, according to a joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the American… Read More

Body Scanners at Airport Security Do Not Interfere with Functionality of Pacemakers and Defibrillators

First of its kind study presented at Heart Rhythm 2019 shows travelers with common cardiac devices can pass through without restrictions or precautions. SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Results from new research show that passengers with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators, can safely travel through airport… Read More

Survivor Susan Koeppen, SCAF National Spokesperson, Runs in Pittsburgh Marathon

PITTSBURGH, PA--Susan Koeppen, KDKA TV (CBS) news anchor and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation National Spokesperson, ran 6.5 miles as part of a relay team at the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday. She and fellow survivor, Bruce Benda, ran on behalf of an American Heart Association team. This was Susan’s third time running the relay since surviving… Read More

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative Update

The Steering Committee of the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative recently reported on current activities related to the recommendations of the IOM Report: Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival – A Time to Act. Recommendation 8. Create a National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative. The Steering Committee reached out to the US Department of… Read More

Resuscitation Science, Technology and Emergency Dispatch Services Leaders Commit to Help Double Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival by 2028

Resuscitation quality improvement program, protocols for telecommunicators core components to improve survival rates DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association states more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. annually. Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition with about a 10-minute life expectancy without immediate… Read More

Life After Life: Does Consciousness Continue After the Heart Stops?

How can people brought back from death after cardiac arrest report having experienced lucid and vivid memories and recollections without a functioning brain? The study of near-death experiences is challenging the idea our consciousness fades to black when our body expires. He could see a nurse and doctor, a bald, “chunky fella” dressed in blue… Read More

Telephone CPR Could Save Lives, But Only a Handful of States Require Dispatchers to Be Trained for It

When someone calls 911, the time it takes for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death. Minnesota lawmaker Julie Sandstede knows this. She represents a rural area, where ambulances may take longer to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency. When her husband experienced cardiac arrest in 2011, the dispatcher sent the… Read More

HeartHero Personal Automated External Defibrillator Wins ACC.19 Innovation Challenge

Medical device startup HeartHero was the winner in the Innovation Challenge at the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference, March 16-18 in New Orleans, for its ultraportable, affordable and user-friendly automated external defibrillator (AED). Co-hosted with AngelMD, the ACC.19 Innovation Challenge provided a platform for a select… Read More

Compression-Only CPR Increases Survival of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Study Highlights: In a Swedish study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, bystander CPR rates nearly doubled and compression-only, or Hands-Only CPR, rates increased six-fold over the 18-year review.      Compression-only and standard CPR – with chest compressions and rescue breaths – were associated with doubled survival rates compared with no… Read More