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Many U.S. Latinos aren’t familiar with lifesaving device

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ANAHEIM, California — One in four U.S. Latinos have never heard of a portable device available in many public places that can help save someone whose heart has stopped, new research shows.

That’s compared to 4 percent of whites who were unfamiliar with automated […]

Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

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ANAHEIM, California – At first, Eashan Biswas was just looking for a way to use a video game in his sixth-grade science project. But now, the aspiring doctor’s name is on a scientific study being presented on a national stage – and, more importantly, […]

November 11th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Emergency Response, Prevention, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

911 operators should provide CPR instructions, guidelines say

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Emergency dispatchers should be taught how to give compression-only CPR instructions over the phone, according to updated CPR guidelines for adults and children issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association.

Such coaching is provided by only half of the nation’s 911 dispatchers, a 2015 study shows.

During […]

Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

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After Indianapolis International Airport installed a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk in March 2016, Juan Muñoz, a police officer at the airport, made it a regular stop as he patrolled the terminals, trying it a couple times a week.

The interactive program, which measures quality of compression […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

Another big hurricane raises stakes for heart patients

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As Florida patients and residents prepare for Hurricane Irma’s landfall this weekend, they already are employing lessons learned from medical teams and experts who treated victims of Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 force, after it slammed the Texas coast on August 25. Florida will also face […]

How to prepare for a natural disaster

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During times of emergencies and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, response from emergency professionals is often delayed as systems are bombarded with requests for help.

Being prepared and trained gives people the skills and confidence to act in an emergency and potentially save […]

September 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Emergency Response, Patients|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How to prepare for a natural disaster

What Katrina can teach us about disrupted cardiac care after Hurricane Harvey

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When patients with cardiac health issues face evacuation due to flooding, fire or other natural disasters, a spike in stress and anxiety levels may be only the beginning. For sudden, jarring, life-changing events—like that of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana this past week—can markedly […]

CPR in school laws take effect in eight new states this year

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After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 […]

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

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Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

“In the […]

August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, CPR, Emergency Response, Heart Disease, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

CPR through history

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Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival — if it is given immediately.