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Prolonged Bystander CPR Makes the Difference in Airport Cardiac Arrest

January 12, 2014

On Aug. 22, 2013, Sue Hostler arrives at the Philadelphia International Airport to catch a flight home. A frequent business traveler, she knows her way around the airport and runs to get on an elevator in a remote area of Terminal F, which is used for commuter flights. A young man reaches and enters the […]

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Lyme disease tied to 3 sudden cardiac deaths, says CDC

December 21, 2013

Three young adults died suddenly in the past year of severe heart inflammation induced by Lyme disease, a cardiac manifestation that has surprised some medical investigators. One of those deaths occurred in New York,  say federal scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who emphasized that sudden cardiac death is possible in young […]

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Many men with sudden cardiac arrest had early warnings

December 14, 2013

Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY Many sudden cardiac arrests leave a calling card in advance. More than half of middle-aged men who experienced sudden cardiac arrests had symptoms up to a month beforehand, a new study shows. Most of the symptoms — including chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness or heart palpitations — occurred four […]

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Text messages are saving Swedes from cardiac arrest

November 8, 2013

Sweden has found a faster way to treat people experiencing cardiac emergencies through a text message and a few thousand volunteers. A program called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver) (link in Swedish) solicits people who’ve been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When a Stockholm resident dials 112 for emergency services, a text message is sent to all volunteers within 500 […]

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Surviving Cardiac Arrest: You’re More Likely To Live If You’re At The Gym

August 9, 2013

A new report published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that people who have sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at a fitness facility could be more likely to survive than people who experience sudden cardiac arrest in banks, restaurants, or other indoor facilities. The researchers reviewed 849 sudden cardiac arrest cases between 1996 and 2008 at various […]

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AHA calls for renewed focus on CPR quality and monitoring

July 17, 2013

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality varies widely between systems and locations, prompting the American Heart Association to emphasize key components to improve resuscitative efforts, according to a consensus statement published in Circulation. In the statement, the AHA emphasizes five critical areas of high-quality CPR: Minimize interruptions to chest compressions. Compressions generate blood flow and should be delivered more […]

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