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Brothers create device to improve bystander CPR rate

July 5, 2014

What started as a high school science project for two brothers from New York is now a patented medical device that its creators hope will save people from sudden cardiac death. The young men, John Di Capua Jr., 22, and his brother, Christopher, 18, set out to find a way to improve survival rates for people who […]


Florida Man’s Invention Designed to Make CPR Easier

June 10, 2014

NAPLES — The idea came from a broom handle and plunger. Now, part-time Naples resident Joe Hanson has federal approval to market his new CPR device that makes chest compressions easy for cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults, including audio that times the procedure. Dr. Robert Tober, emergency medical services director in Collier County, has been helping […]


King County Has World’s Highest Survival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

May 23, 2014

SEATTLE, WA–Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013.[1] By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New […]


Bill Would Make CPR Training a School Requirement

April 10, 2014

A bill at the South Carolina State House could make places you go a bit safer. The legislation would make learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, AED, a requirement in order for students to graduate. The training could help in responding to a cardiac arrest. Sen. Gerald Malloy, the […]


Important heart disease health lessons from the collapse of NHL player Rich Peverley

March 17, 2014

by John Mandrola, MD Last night my Twitter stream lit up with the news that NHL player Rich Peverley collapsed from a heart arrhythmia. Fortunately, he was successfully treated, and is reported to be in good condition. Here is a link to the best story I could find. It sounds awfully significant. [Dr.] Salazar said of the treatment, […]


Implanted cardiac monitor identifies stroke risk better than traditional methods

February 21, 2014

A cardiac monitor about the size of a USB flash drive that’s implanted under the skin was six to seven times more likely to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that’s a risk factor for stroke, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.   The monitor could help […]


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