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Study finds sodium nitrite does not improve survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Administering sodium nitrite during resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest does not improve survival, according to a study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II randomized control trial, researchers assessed just over 1,500 adults with out-of-hospital… Read More

Where COVID-19 hit hardest, sudden deaths outside the hospital increased

PHILADELPHIA--A new study comparing the incidence of sudden deaths occurring outside the hospital across New York City's highly diverse neighborhoods with the percentage of positive SARS-CoV-19 tests found that increased sudden deaths during the pandemic correlate to the extent of virus infection in a neighborhood. The analysis appears in Heart… Read More

What heart and stroke patients should know about COVID-19 vaccines

Experts have a simple answer for heart and stroke patients questioning whether they need a COVID-19 vaccination. That answer: yes. "People with all kinds of cardiovascular risk factors and disease should definitely get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19," said Dr. Mitchell Elkind, a professor of neurology and… Read More

Citizen CPR Foundation issues call for presentations

Citizen CPR Foundation is seeking presentations for its 2021 Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, December 7-10, 2021 in San Diego. CCPRF is inviting you to submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop, concurrent session or poster. The Summit brings together all of the leading organizations dedicated to saving lives from cardiac arrest. It is … Read More

Dugan Chandler helps save lives

Dugan Chandler, 16, of Victoria, Texas, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) on Friday, October 16, 2020. He had been competing at a youth rodeo, but immediately afterwards, he collapsed. A bystander, who happened to be a firefighter, started CPR, and another bystander had someone grab the automated external defibrillator (AED) he happened to… Read More

COVID-19 spurs new research on cardiac health of college athletes

American Heart Association and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine collaborate to evaluate impact to heart, improve detection and inform safe return to play DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) are joining forces to accelerate a critical new research initiative studying… Read More

COVID nightmare in L.A. as emergency system falters

As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Los Angeles County, first responders have been directed not to take cardiac arrest patients to the hospital if they can't be resuscitated in the field and to conserve the region’s dwindling supply of oxygen supplies. The Emergency Medical Services Agency of Los Angeles County issued the new guidance… Read More

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests increased during the pandemic

While COVID-19 has claimed more than 13,000 lives in Michigan, a study conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan State University published in JAMA Network Open, suggests that many more likely died from cardiac arrest directly and& indirectly attributable to the pandemic. The study examined out-of-hospital… Read More

Ankur Doshi, MD, FACEP, joins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors

Ankur A. Doshi, MD, FACEP, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF). Dr. Doshi is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Clinical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Post Cardiac Arrest Service (PCAS).… Read More

Qualified charitable distributions: Using your IRA to give from the heart (update)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit from writing… Read More