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Call-Push-Shock Video Recognized as One of Top 10 Resources for CPR-AED Awareness Week

The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council combined efforts to focus this year’s CPR and AED awareness week (June 1-7) on not only CPR skills, but on bystander willingness to act. Laerdal Medical Corporation recognized their efforts, along with those of other partners, stating "To support their efforts… Read More

Multiple Organizations Unite for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with multiple partners, are urging the public to learn hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Their campaign, Call-Push-Shock, is a growing national movement that aims to curb the public health… Read More

Energy Drinks May Increase Risk of Heart Function Abnormalities and Blood Pressure Changes

Study Highlights: Three to four hours after drinking 32 ounces of energy drinks, the heart’s electrical activity was abnormal compared to drinking a placebo drink. Two different commercially available energy drinks produced the same results, suggesting that energy drinks as a class should be consumed with caution. DALLAS, TX--Drinking 32… Read More

What Is Known – And Not Known – About Heart Muscle Diseases in Children

Statement Highlight: Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children are the focus of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association that provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. It will be published in the American Heart Association’s journal… Read More

Notre Dame Students Create Drone Defibrillator for Fast Response to Cardiac Arrest Victims

Students at the University of Notre Dame are thinking of a new way to save lives. The students, Nathaniel Hanson and Zachary Kousens, Class of 2019, came up with a drone defibrillator. “The idea is when someone has sudden cardiac arrest and a bystander calls 911 and an EMT responds, help typically takes 10 minutes to get to the scene,” Hanson… Read More

Researchers Spot Tell-Tale Signs of Potentially Fatal Cardiac Arrest in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people (such as the unexpected near fatal cardiac arrest suffered by the-then 23 year old footballer Fabrice Muamba), but the microscopic heart muscle abnormalities behind these tragic events can only be picked up in a post-mortem. Now, in a study published in the… Read More

Resuscitation Quality Improvement Programs Offer a Comprehensive Solution to Help Improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Communities

The American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation introduce programs for prehospital and public safety responders to help increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival. A suite of resuscitation quality improvement programs for pre-hospital and public safety responders is now available from RQI Partners… Read More

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