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Coffee, Cash, and Cardiac Care

Dear Mary,
Timothy Chan, left, and Christoper SunATMs and coffee shops such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup, make ideal locations for placing automated external defibrillators, according to a new study published in Circulation. University of Toronto Engineering researchers Associate Professor Timothy Chan and PhD student Christopher Sun, in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital, looked at where cardiac arrests occur to find locations where AEDs would be most valuable. “What we found really interesting is that ATMs, as opposed to the more traditional businesses, are often standalone or outdoors, and are often available 24/7. They’re also universally recognizable and already have an electronic and security infrastructure,” said Sun. More...

Factors That Influence Bystander Action with CPR and AEDs

New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that several factors other than previous CPR training influence whether lay bystanders will give CPR and use AEDs to help victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The recognition and modification of these factors may increase rates of lay bystander CPR and patient survival. More...

Most States Do Not Require AEDs in Schools

The installation of automated external defibrillators in schools is associated with increased survival after sudden cardiac arrest, according to a review just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Since state requirements for AEDs in schools in the U.S. vary widely, researchers used LexisNexis Academic to identify all current state statutes and regulations pertaining to AEDs in schools. They found that only 17 of 50 U.S. states had some legislation requiring AEDs in schools, but the remaining 33 states had no legislation. More...

Tired of Hearing People Refer to Sudden Cardiac Arrest as a Heart Attack?

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood sudden cardiac arrest and the simple things anyone can do to save a life. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation plans to conduct research to identify the most effective ways to communicate with the public--and the media--about the urgent need for laypersons to recognize sudden cardiac arrest when it occurs and to take immediate action.
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Resuscitation Champion Leaves a Lifesaving Legacy

Craig AmanLane County, Oregon, firefighters are mourning the loss of a man who had a big impact on their lifesaving techniques. Beginning in 2013, Fire Captain Craig Aman from Seattle Firefighters Local 27 volunteered his time to train local firefighters on a new cardiac arrest management technique known as the pit-crew concept. Thanks to Captain Aman's efforts, the Eugene-Springfield area now has one of the best cardiac arrest resuscitation rates in the country. Survival rates have increased from 12 to 50 percent in recent years. More...

‘Harmless’ Painkillers Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and some, including ibuprofen, are available over the counter. Use of any NSAID was associated with a 31 percent increased risk of cardiac arrest. More...

Michigan Medicine Launches Study of Lifesaving Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Even when rapidly treated, less than 10 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. That’s why Michigan Medicine is launching a new study to examine the potential benefit of a life-saving resuscitation strategy for sudden cardiac arrest. The study, named Extracorporeal CPR for Refractory Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (EROCA), will examine the potential benefit of quickly transporting out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients with ongoing CPR and advanced cardiovascular life support to an emergency department capable of performing extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). More...

What ABBA, Beyonce and Shakira Have in Common

New York Presbyterian Hospital has released a playlist of 40 songs that can be used to save a life. Every song has 100 beats per minute. On the list? ABBA, Beyonce, Shakira, and more. In an effort to help train first responders, including laypersons, in hands-only CPR, the hospital dropped a 40-song playlist jam-packed with popular artists. The key number to remember is 100 compressions per minute. More...

Moderate Exercise May Be Beneficial for HCM Patients

As one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can push patients into sedentary lifestyles. Current guidelines recommend people with HCM limit intense exercise because of concerns over triggering ventricular arrhythmias. But new research finds there may be reason to re-evaluate the guidelines. More...

Save the Date

  • May 13: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 3: Fire on Ice Hockey Fundraiser, Pittsburgh, PA
  • October 23: Deadline for People Saving People Award Nominations
  • October 23: Deadline for Video Contest Submissions
  • November 11-15: AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium, Anaheim, CA
  • December 4-8: Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, New Orleans, LA

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The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is one of 78 nonprofit organizations that will have a team at this year's 5K Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 13 in Pittsburgh, PA. All funds raised by our team (walkers and donors) will be used to support our mission to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives. To join or support our team, or to create your own fundraising page in honor or in memory of a loved one, click here.

March Madness Promotion

Need an AED? Check out the AED Readiness Project this week. Purchase an automated external defibrillator and receive a free Family & Friends CPR Anytime kit. Certified pre-owned AEDs cost $450 and new AEDs cost $995. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. More...

Nominate Your Hero for the 2017 People Saving People Award

Gary and Kathie BrauchlaBystander intervention often means the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People™ award honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary spirits who have helped save the lives of SCA victims. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to intervene in sudden cardiac emergencies. More...

Enter a Video Contest for a Chance to Win an AED

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. More...

Save the Dates

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference will be held in New Orleans December 5-8, with pre-conference workshops December 4-5. The science and practice of emergency cardiovascular care is changing rapidly. ECCU will feature innovative content and speakers from around the world. Sudden cardiac arrest survivors and loved ones are encouraged to attend. More...

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