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Research opportunity for caregivers of cardiac arrest survivors

Family members and companions of sudden cardiac arrest survivors are invited to participate in a study by the SIREN Emergency Care Research Network. The research is designed to better understand the experiences of family members and companions of patients after cardiac arrest and severe neuro trauma. Renee Kasperek-Wynn, RN, BSN, SIREN Clinical… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation expands its Board of Directors

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announces two individuals, Christina Dolan and Michael Robie, have been elected to serve on its Board of Directors. Both have exceptional expertise in consumer and healthcare marketing. Christina Dolan Christina Dolan is a 30-year advertising and marketing veteran with experience working on some of the most… Read More

Call-Push-Shock to be presented at Take Heart America and EMS World Expo

"Call-Push-Shock: A National Movement to Save Lives," will be presented (virtually) next week at Take Heart America (Sept. 15) and EMS World Expo (Sept. 16). Call-Push-Shock, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch (PHW) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), is a growing national movement aimed at increasing public understanding of sudden… Read More

What COVID-19 is doing to the heart, even after recovery

A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized. This latest twist has health care experts worried about a potential increase in heart failure. "Very early into the pandemic, it was clear that many… Read More

Interventions improve bystander CPR, increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival

Singapore-US study: Bundled interventions increased the likelihood of bystander CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests nearly eightfold, survival over threefold in Singapore in 2011-2016 SINGAPORE / DURHAM, NC--A new study published in The Lancet Public Health found that a series of public health interventions in Singapore cumulatively increased… Read More

Survivors invited to participate in study on awareness during cardiac arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is collaborating with Sam Parnia, MD, and his team at NYU Langone Health on an observational study that investigates cardiac arrest survivors’ reports of memories or experiences during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and their long-term psychological effects. The long-term purpose of this study is to… Read More

Call-Push-Shock movement presented at 2020 Preparedness Summit

A poster on Call-Push-Shock is being presented (virtually) this week at the 2020 Preparedness Summit, an annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Call-Push-Shock, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch (PHW) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), is a growing national movement aimed at increasing… Read More

More than half of “sudden” cardiac arrest victims had contacted health services before

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiac arrest is lethal within minutes if left untreated and it is estimated that, on average, less than 10% of victims survive. “The high mortality from cardiac arrest in the community emphasises the need to identify those at risk,” said study author Dr. Nertila… Read More

Lower survival from sudden cardiac arrest during pandemic

A recent study from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the survival of those who experience out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers at the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention found that the survival rate has been significantly reduced – even in communities… Read More

OHCA in Denver increased, EMS activations decreased during COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

Researchers encourage patients to go to the ER if they are having a heart attack WASHINGTON, DC--Denver saw a significantly higher number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests during the COVID-19 pandemic “shelter-in-place” mandate and fewer numbers of people calling ambulances, according to research correspondence published today in JACC:… Read More