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Researchers Find New Source of Dangerous Electrical Instability in the Heart

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ECGSudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation – an erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability – is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, researchers have discovered a fundamentally new source of that electrical instability, a development that could potentially lead to new methods for predicting and preventing life-threatening cardiac fibrillation. “Mathematically, we can now understand some of these life-threatening instabilities and how they develop in the heart,” said Flavio Fenton, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Physics. “We have proposed a new mechanism that explains when fibrillation will occur, and we have a theory that can predict when this will happen.” More...

Bystander Intervention Reduces Long-Term Odds of Brain Damage, Death

When a bystander gives CPR or applies an automated defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year. A Danish study has concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death, brain damage, or nursing home admission by one third in people who are alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest. We were surprised to see that, once you select 30-day survivors, so many were still alive at one year and the majority of these survivors seemed to have a fairly good outcome,said study coauthor Kristian Kragholm. If bystanders intervened by starting chest compressions, survivors were less likely to experience brain damage or be admitted to a nursing home. And with an AED, the benefit was even greater. More...

Olympian Shaun White Has Same Heart Condition as Jimmy Kimmel's Son

Jimmy Kimmel captured the hearts of millions last week when he shared the emotional story of his newborn son’s medical issues. Only hours after he was born, Kimmel’s son was diagnosed with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. Kimmel also brought on an Olympic snowboarder who gave him some hope through the whole ordeal. “When we were told that this operation was going to be happening, everyone told us, ‘Shaun White had this!’” Kimmel explained to White on his show. More...

Female Medical Students Perform CPR Less Efficiently Than Male Counterparts

Does it matter whether a man or a woman carries out CPR? Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have shown that female resuscitation teams performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation less efficiently than their male counterparts. The study suggests that there is a need for action in the training of young female physicians. According to one of our readers, however, the most important factor was not addressed in the study. More...

Save the Date

  • May 13: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 20: Second Annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Celebration, Lancaster, PA
  • May 21-27: EMS Week/ World CPR Challenge Week
  • June 1-7: National CPR-AED Awareness Week
  • June 3: Fire on Ice Hockey Fundraiser, Pittsburgh, PA
  • October 23: Deadline for People Saving People Award Nominations and 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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Help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest by joining or supporting our team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh, PA, this Saturday, May 13th. Walk the walk with local celebrity WDVE DJ Sean McDowell, cardiac arrest survivors and other advocates as we celebrate lives saved and remember lives lost to sudden cardiac arrest. All funds raised by our team will be used to support our mission raising awareness and saving lives. Not in Pittsburgh? No problem. Anyone can create a fundraising page in honor of a loved one or simply make a donation. Those donating or raising $120 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a free AED.
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My Challenge to You Is "Be the Guy"

If it were not for an investment in AEDs for schools in Bakersfield, CA, Kenyati Thomeson may not be alive. The 14-year-old Chipman Junior High student was having a typical day last month, playing soccer at lunchtime and hanging out with friends. Then when he went back to class, he collapsed and wasn't breathing. His teacher called for help. That’s when his principal, Russ Taylor, and a school clerk, Lisa Hudson, rushed in with an emergency defibrillator. The two started CPR, then placed the defibrillator pads on Thomeson’s chest. More...

Got AED?

Need an AED? Check out the AED Readiness Project. Purchase an automated external defibrillator this spring and receive a free Fast Response Kit, a $46 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. More...

Calling All Pennsylvania Survivors and Rescuers

The Second Annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Celebration hosted by Pennsylvania Heart Rescue, in collaboration with Penn Medicine and the PA Department of Health, is scheduled for May 20th in Lancaster, PA. Survivors, family members, and EMS providers are invited to participate. An estimated 600 victims in Pennsylvania survived sudden cardiac arrest in 2013, representing eight percent of those affected. More...

A Call to Action...and All that Jazz

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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