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French study links early PCI to improved survival rates

People who received percutaneous coronary intervention early after non-trauma, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest lived significantly longer than those who didn’t, in a French study presented Saturday at the ReSuscitation Science Symposium.

“Our work suggests that the systematic use of PCI in all cardiac arrest patients admitted in the intensive care unit […]

Telephone CPR improves out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patient survival in Arizona

A statewide telephone-assisted pre-arrival CPR program in Arizona increased survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, according to a study presented Saturday at the Resuscitation Science Symposium.

The program, which includes bystander-administered CPR before emergency medical services arrive, also decreased time to first chest compression and increased bystander CPR participation […]

November 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Antman urges innovation to harness technology, big data

Scientific researchers and healthcare professionals must transform emerging technology and big data into innovative ways to help patients, American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, MD, FAHA, said Sunday during his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions.

Antman cited several examples of groundbreaking science that are already putting technological and innovative advances […]

Veterans Day – Thank You

To all who have served, this country owes an enormous debt, and on this one day in particular, we pause to say “Thank You”.

Life is Why.

November 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Berkeley, California, passes historic sweetened-drink tax

Voters made history Tuesday in Berkeley, California, by imposing a per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages – a result welcomed by proponents as a breakthrough in the fight against America’s obesity epidemic.

San Francisco also had a measure on the ballot, but it did not pass by the […]

Serving up fruits and veggies on National Eating Healthy Day

On this National Eating Healthy Day, listen to the advice of generations of mothers: Eat your vegetables (and fruit).

Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average […]

Misdiagnosed with panic disorder, teen pushes for more answers

Jessica Weber first had heart rhythm issues at age 15. Misdiagnosed with panic disorder she pushed for more answers and was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia. She tells her stories because heart disease affects everyone and she believes in the power of a woman’s heart.


October 31st, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

It takes a village to control blood pressure

A community-based program called “Check It, Change It” used in combination with the American Heart Association’s Heart360 and on-the-ground providers effectively reduced blood pressure among a large group of diverse patients, according to a recently published study.

The success of this pilot program was noteworthy because it demonstrated that varied and […]

Motorcycle lover shares his story for World Stroke Day

At 39, Gabe Scofield felt he was in the best shape of his life. A service manager at a motorcycle dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scofield regularly spent time racing motorcycles offroad, mountain biking and weight training.

The father of two boys—13-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Zander—Scofield strove to take good […]

Study: Patients recall vivid memories during cardiac arrest

Survivors of cardiac arrest may be at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues because they maintained vivid memories of their near-death experiences, according to a recent study.

What happens to the mind during cardiac arrest and what it remembers is an understudied area. Sam Parnia, MD, […]