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South Dakota Becomes 36th State to Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

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CPR training will now be a requirement for graduation from high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday. South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, DC, that require high school students to be taught CPR. In those states combined, more than 2.1 million public high school students each year will have been trained in CPR. The new law takes effect in the 2017-2018 school year and will result in more than 8,000 additional South Dakotans trained in CPR each year. More...

Adele Halts Concert in Sydney When Fan Suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest

AdeleUK singer-songwriter Adele interrupted her concert Friday in Sydney mid-performance after realizing someone in the audience had collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest. Her emotional reaction was captured on camera. On-site responders gave the 47-year-old woman CPR for 15 to 20 minutes before EMS arrived. More...

Best Practice Recommendations Issued for Youth Sports Leagues

The Youth Sports Safety Summit, sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, was held last week at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. Experts there released new recommendations to help ensure the protection of young athletes. Among other things, the guidelines call for youth sports leagues to implement cardiac emergency response plans, educate coaches about sudden cardiac arrest management, recommend cardiovascular screening before participation in sports, and "move toward" having an AED on-site and readily available at all organized events. More...

Youth Sports Safety Summit: Less Risk, More Reward

Speakers at the Youth Sports Safety Summit last week focused on the theme, "Less Risk, More Reward." Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president, Mary M. Newman, MS, presented information on the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. "Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes during sport," she said. More...

Athletic Trainers Save Coach's Life At High School Baseball Game

A student trainer and the athletic training staff at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, saved the life of a coach before the start of a game last week. The coach suffered sudden cardiac arrest as both teams lined up for the singing of the national anthem. Senior Chance Holloway, left, heard someone yelling for help and immediately rushed to the scene. He gave the coach CPR until the AED was available. After delivering two shocks, the athletic training staff was able to restore the coach's pulse. EMS arrived shortly afterward. More...

Researchers Identify Gene That Can Cause Sudden Death in Young People and Athletes

Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes. The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death in seemingly healthy young people. Identifying the gene is important because it helps clarify the genetic mechanisms underlying ARVC, and also makes the early detection of ARVC possible in otherwise unsuspecting people. More...

Experts Issue Guidance on Patients Who Faint

The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society have jointly released guidelines on the evaluation and management of patients with syncope. Syncope, or fainting, is caused by low blood pressure resulting in an insufficient supply of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the brain. There are several causes, some of which indicate a serious underlying medical condition. Some people faint because they have irregular heartbeats that are life-threatening. Competitive athletes who faint should see a doctor before resuming sports, the guidelines say. More...

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  • October 23: Deadline for Video Contest Submissions
  • November 11-15: AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium, Anaheim, CA
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Need an AED? Check out the AED Readiness Project. Purchase an automated external defibrillator during March and receive a free Family & Friends CPR Anytime kit ($38.50 value). Certified pre-owned AEDs cost $450 and new AEDs cost $995. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Nominate Your Hero for the 2017 People Saving People Award

Bystander 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. Submit a 90-second video to enter the contest. More...

Featured Forum Post: You Are Not Alone

"I am finding myself reaching out in hopes there are others out there who may have some words of advice for me. I feel very guilty writing this as I am not the victim of the sudden cardiac event, rather I am the one who gave CPR." More...

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The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference will be held in New Orleans December 5-8, with pre-conference workshops December 4-5. 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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