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AHA Releases Latest  Statistics on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Nearly 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals every day in the U.S. Survival rates remain low, though bystander intervention with CPR and AEDs has increased slightly.


The human heartThere are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90% of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update. According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is estimated to be 356,500, including 7,037 children. Other highlights include:

  • The majority of OHCA’s (70%) occur at a home or residence.
  • Survival to hospital discharge after EMS-treated cardiac arrest is about 11%.
  • The incidence of bystander CPR and lay use of AEDs has increased slightly over time. More...

Elderly People with ICDs Have High Survival Rate

ICDAlmost 80 percent of patients over age 65 who received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal arrhythmia survived two years, according to a new study. Researchers used data from the American College of Cardiologys ICD Registry to examine 12,420 Medicare beneficiaries in almost 1,000 U.S. hospitals. More...

Cooling May Not Help Children in Hospital Setting

Emergency body cooling does not improve survival or functional outcomes in children who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest any more than normal temperature control, according to a multicenter study led by the University of Michigan and University of Utah. Whole body cooling (therapeutic hypothermia) involves strictly controlled lowering of a patients body temperature below the normal range in hopes of reducing brain injury. Current guidelines recommend using either therapeutic hypothermia or actively maintaining body temperature within the normal range. More...

Meet Maggie

Maggie_GrahamMaggie Graham, who serves as Communications Associate for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, has been named one of 21 under 40 communications leaders in Pittsburgh in The Incline’s Whos Next in Communications. Congratulations, Maggie!

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The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and countless others shared the video that ultimately helped a survivor find the bystander who gave him CPR.

Bill AmiraultA Colorado man used a heartfelt Facebook video to find his first responders after collapsing at a half-marathon on January 15th. Amy Smythe, 39, of Newark, Delaware, could not stop thinking about the man who had collapsed nearby, mere feet from the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon. Bill Amirault, 44, went into cardiac arrest as he was rounding the final corner of the race. Smythe wasted no time. More...

Electrical Function May Be Restored in Damaged Heart Tissues

Dalhousie researchersDalhousie Medical School researchers have discovered that scar tissue, like that caused by a heart attack, can maintain electrical function in damaged regions of the heart. “This finding really turns our current understanding of the heart’s electrical activity on its head and may open the door to much needed improvements in treating many cardiac diseases,” said Alex Quinn, MD. More...

Will Wyoming Be Next?

Bill sponsor Senator Bill LandenA Wyoming Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR and use of automated external defibrillators  before they graduate high school, with one proponent saying that the bill would create generations of life-savers if it becomes law. The Senate Education Committee unanimously supported an amended version of the bill, Senate File 82. It now goes to the Senate floor for debate. More...

Illinois High School Coach Saves Student's Life

Steven GreenbergIt was during a basketball game between Ida Crown Jewish Academy and Luther North College Prep in Illinois when a 15-year-old athlete from Luther North collapsed while sitting on the bench. “Obviously everyone noticed something was terribly wrong, but no one really reacted as to how wrong it was,” says Rabbi Leonard Matanky, principal at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. That’s when Steve Greenberg, who was in the stands, sprung into action, grabbed an AED defibrillator and revived the teen. More...

Save the Dates: ECCU 2017

ECCU 2017 The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans December 5-8, with pre-conference workshops December 4-5. The science and practice of emergency cardiovascular care is changing rapidly from the home to EMS to intensive care. ECCU will feature innovative content and speakers from around the world.

The ECCU Call for Presentations has been extended to January 29. For more information, click here.

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