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New medication may treat underlying causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020, Presentation P1732 Research Highlights: Mavacamten, a new investigational cardiac medication, may improve heart function for people with thickened heart muscle leading to obstructed blood flow through the heart, a condition known as obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The treatment… Read More

Acute exposure to higher ozone levels linked to higher risk of cardiac arrest

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 – Presentation 119 Research Highlights: Analysis of data from 187,000 patients found that higher ozone levels were associated with a higher risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. These findings may have important public health implications for recommendations on ozone… Read More

Machine learning helps predict survival rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 - Presentation 256 Research Highlights: Machine learning predictions about the survival rate of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were more accurate when neighborhood-level factors were added to the data analysis. Future research can use this newly developed model to identify… Read More

Extra precautions during CPR due to the pandemic do not have a negative impact on survival

American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020 -Presentation 111 Research Highlights: A U.S. medical center compared outcomes of patients in 2019 and 2020 who had in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to determine if safety precautions due to the pandemic affect patient survival. Researchers analyzed results of… Read More

High school student who helped save her father’s life is now working to save other lives

Tampa area high school student, Kaitlin Ryan, 16, is passionate about saving lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Her zeal for the cause began in April 2020. She and her father Steve, 49, had gone to the golf course to work on her chipping and putting. Suddenly, she realized he had collapsed on the green. She called her mom, Sharon, called… Read More

A new playbook: COVID-19, athletes’ hearts and return to play

BOSTON, MA--Reports have indicated that COVID-19 may cause heart damage in hospitalized patients with severe cases of the disease, but it’s unclear whether cardiac injury also occurs in infected patients who are asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms. This question is of particular concern for athletes because myocarditis—inflammation in… Read More

Updated American Heart Association Guidelines recommend mobile technology to alert bystanders

The AHA’s 2020 CPR Guidelines recommend emergency dispatch systems alert willing bystanders through mobile phone technology, like PulsePoint, to assist in CPR and AED retrieval PLEASANTON, CA -- The 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) were just released… Read More

Video gaming for a good cause

In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Andrew Lucy, fiancé of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Rachel Roberts, will be conducting a fundraiser for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Twitch on October 24 from 12 - 6 pm ET. Twitch is a live-streaming platform for gamers. Andrew describes himself as a small streamer and… Read More

Updated CPR guidelines tackle health disparities, management of opioid-related emergencies and physical, emotional recovery

DALLAS, TX—The recovery phase following cardiac arrest continues long after hospitalization and is now included as a key link in the Chain of Survival, a widely adopted series of critical actions that work to maximize the chance of someone surviving cardiac arrest, according to the “2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary… Read More

Actor Jocko Sims brings home importance of learning Hands-Only CPR for World Restart a Heart Day

LOS ANGELES, CA--Actor, writer and producer Jocko Sims, who stars as Dr. Floyd Reynolds on the NBC show New Amsterdam, teamed up with the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and one of its local market sponsors, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, on a video that brings… Read More