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Only Half of Americans Feel Prepared to Save a Life in Emergencies: Poll

Only about half of Americans feel prepared to help someone during a medical emergency, a new poll finds.

Only 51% of Americans think they would be able to perform hands-only CPR to help someone who's collapsed. Similarly, only 49% feel they could step in and staunch serious bleeding, while 56% said they can help someone who's choking to death.

"Before emergency responders arrive, it...

Black, Hispanic Americans Getting Savvier About CPR

Black and Hispanic Americans are gaining a better understanding of CPR, with a growing number expressing confidence they could use it to save a life, a new survey finds.

About 44% of Black Americans now feel confident performing conventional CPR, up from 30% just three years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA)

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  • April 24, 2024
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  • Hispanics With Kidney Disease Face Higher Risk for Cardiac Arrest

    Hispanic folks with chronic kidney disease should have early heart health screenings, new research suggests, because they're at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

    A team from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles discovered this while working to learn about possible causes for the heart unexpectedly stopping.

    "Because people who experience sudden cardiac arrest ...

    In Public Spaces, Women Less Likely to Get CPR If Cardiac Arrest Strikes

    CPR could save your life if you suffer cardiac arrest in a public place, but you're less likely to receive it if you're a woman, a new study finds.

    The findings were presented Monday at the European Emergency Medicine Congress, in Barcelona.

    "In an emergency when someone is unconscious and not breathing properly, in addition to calling an ambulance, bystanders should give CPR. This ...

    40% of Patients Recall Some Consciousness During Near Death Experiences

    People have long talked about having near-death experiences in which they felt they were looking down on themselves while others tried to save them.

    Now, researchers have documented some of those experiences. In a study published online recently in the journal Resuscitation,...

    Need Quick Help Learning CPR? Don't Rely on Alexa, Siri

    If you need quick directions on performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an emergency, don't rely on Alexa, Siri or another voice assistant.

    A new study finds the directions provided by these AI (artificial intelligence) helpers are inconsistent and lack relevance.

    "Our findings suggest that bystanders should call emergency services rather than relying on a voice assis...

    Bystander CPR, Defib Use Saves Lives Even If Ambulance Arrives Quickly

    Bystander aid using CPR and a defibrillator can be critically important for saving lives when someone has a cardiac arrest -- even when an ambulance arrives quickly, say researchers.

    A new study finds that when a bystander uses a defibrillator, on top of CPR, on someone who has had a cardiac arrest, that patient's 30-day survival improves, even when an ambulance takes just two minutes to ...

    Asian-Americans Less Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest Despite Equal CPR Efforts

    Asian adults in the United States who suffer cardiac arrest are less likely to survive than white adults, even when given bystander CPR, a new study finds.

    Asian adults have similar rates of bystander CPR after a cardiac arrest, but are 8% less likely to survive to hospital discharge compared with white adults.

    They are also 15% less likely to have favorable mental outcomes, accor...

    Frailty Greatly Lowers Survival in a Surgical Crisis

    When frail patients go into cardiac arrest and need cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during surgery, they're more likely to die than those who are stronger, a new study shows.

    Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston studied the impact of frailty on survival in these cases where previously frailty was not considered as a factor.

    "CPR should not be considered futil...

    Even Preschoolers Can Help Save a Life, Heart Experts Say

    If you're old enough to dial 911, you're old enough to be a lifesaver.

    Building lifesaving skills can start as young as age 4 and be expanded over the years, the American Heart Association and others advise in a new scientific statement.

    Children can be adept at t...

    Damar Hamlin Teams With Heart Experts to Promote Life Saving CPR

    Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is issuing a CPR challenge to promote use of the emergency procedure that saved his life on national television.

    Hamlin, 24, suffered cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, moments after being tackled hard in the chest.

    A mo...

    Poll Finds Nearly Half of Americans Unprepared for Medical Emergency

    A medical emergency can happen at any moment. Will you be prepared?

    Nearly half of American adults will not, according to a new poll from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Morning Consult.


    1 in 5 People Saved by CPR Recall 'Lucid Dying'

    People have long talked about having near-death experiences in which they felt they were looking down on themselves while others tried to save them.

    Now researchers have documented some of those experiences. In a new study, investigators found that about 20% of patients recalled lucid experiences of death that occurred while they were seemingly unconscious and dying.

    "These lucid e...

    This Hunting Season, Know Your CPR

    It might seem like guns would be the biggest safety concern for hunters, but there's another real danger.

    The possibility of having a heart attack or stroke while hunting is higher with the combination of physical exertion, excitement and cold air constricting blood vessels, experts say.

    Hunters should know

    Black Americans Less Likely to Receive Lifesaving CPR: Study

    When someone collapses in front of witnesses, the chances of receiving potentially lifesaving CPR may partly depend on the color of their skin, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that when Black and Hispanic Americans suffer cardiac arrest, they are up to 37% less likely than white people to receive bystander CPR in public places and at home.

    The reasons for the disparity are ...

    Firefighters, Police Can Be Lifesavers If You're Hit by Cardiac Arrest

    You have a much better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest if non-medical first responders immediately begin CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED), according to a new study.

    Researchers also found that firefighters and police who are first to the scene are often underu...

    Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

    If you collapse in a public place from a cardiac arrest, your chances of receiving lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are substantially better if you're white instead of Black or Hispanic, a new study finds.

    Black and Hispanic individuals who have out-of-hospital

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  • March 28, 2022
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  • Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

    Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds.

    AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, cardiac arrest is often fatal.

    "Most research on ...

    Bystanders Can Make the Difference for a Drowning Child

    A drowning child has a much lower risk of severe disability or death if a bystander steps in, even without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), new research finds.

    "Bystanders play a critical role in preventing poor outcomes in childhood drowning by instituting safe, early and effective rescue and resuscitation of pediatric drowning victims," said author Dr. Rohit Shenoi, an attending phy...

    When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

    If you have a cardiac arrest, your odds of survival are best in an airport or airplane, a new study finds.

    That's because automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available and so are people ready to help, researchers explained.

    "Our findings emphasize that cardiac arrest in travelers is survivable and that early resuscitation interventions matter," said lead researcher ...

    Summer Water Fun Can Bring Drowning Risks: Stay Safe

    As you seek to cool down in a pool or at the beach this summer, always keep water safety for yourself and others in mind, an expert urges.

    "With children, I always recommend starting swim lessons at an early age and having parents put on floaties or life vests on their children when near any water. Parents should also never let their kids swim alone without supervision and ensure they're ...

    Women Less Likely to Survive Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

    Women who are resuscitated from cardiac arrest are less likely to receive two common treatments once they arrive at the hospital, and are much more likely to die while hospitalized than men, a new study finds.

    The researchers analyzed data gathered on nearly 4,900 resuscitated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients in the United States and Canada from 2010 to 2015. Of those, just over 37...

    COVID CPR Safety Measures Don't Lessen Survival: Study

    The effectiveness of CPR isn't compromised when EMS crews and others take recommended safety precautions against the new coronavirus, researchers say.

    Interim guidance issued by the American Heart Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health care providers should take extra precautions during the pandemic. That includes using personal protective equipmen...

    Will CPR Save Your Life? Study Offers a Surprising Answer

    The success of CPR is vastly overrated by patients, a new study suggests.

    Not only does the general public consider CPR more effective than it really is, they tend to discount the negative effect it can have, the researchers said.

    Doctors should discuss CPR's success rate, benefits and risks with patients and their loved ones, the study authors suggested. CPR is an emergen...

    COVID Got You Scared of Performing CPR? Study Finds Infection Risk Is Low

    Someone collapses with a cardiac arrest nearby -- in the COVID-19 era, do you dare to assist?

    Here's some reassuring -- and potentially lifesaving -- news: You're at low risk for coronavirus infection if you perform CPR on someone in cardiac arrest, new research shows.

    CPR can save the lives of people who suffer cardiac arrest in a public place. But concerns have been raised...

    AHA News: What to Know About Bystander CPR and Coronavirus Risk

    The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't changed the fact that bystanders play a crucial role in improving survival rates for cardiac arrest. But providing potentially lifesaving CPR requires extra considerations amid the coronavirus crisis, according to temporary guidance from the American Heart Association.

    "Historically, we haven't seen a significant risk to rescuers providing Hands-Only CPR, bu...

    AHA News: High School Basketball Player Saved by CPR Helps Win Championship

    When 17-year-old Ben Blankenhorn received his CPR certification as part of his lifeguard training, the lessons carried added resonance.

    Just 10 months earlier, Blankenhorn had been saved by CPR.

    The morning of Aug. 22, 2017, he woke up about 5:30 a.m. He drove to San Marcos High School near his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., and warmed up with some running drills on the tr...

    AHA News: Bystander CPR Less Common in Hispanic Neighborhoods

    Receiving CPR from a bystander can double the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. But you're less likely to get this help - and less likely to survive - if your heart stops in a Hispanic neighborhood, a new study shows.

    The study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found the greater the percentage of Hispanic residents in a neighborhood, t...

    Prepared Bystanders Save Lives When Cardiac Arrest Strikes

    Few Americans survive cardiac arrest when it happens outside a hospital, but if more people knew how to recognize it and do CPR the odds might be better, a new study finds.

    Only about 8% of those who suffer a cardiac arrest -- a sudden stoppage of the heart -- survive. Simply knowing what to do and doing it can increase the chance of survival, researchers say.

    Three st...

    Why Are Cardiac Arrests More Deadly on Weekends?

    Your odds of surviving a cardiac arrest long enough to be admitted to the hospital are lower on the weekend than on a weekday, researchers say.

    For the study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 3,000 patients worldwide who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and were treated with a publicly accessible automated external defibrillator (AED).

    Overall, 27% o...

    You Won't Get Sued If You Do CPR, Review Suggests

    Are you worried about getting sued if you provide bystander CPR in a public place?

    Don't be, surprising new research suggests: You're more likely to get sued if you don't intervene.

    Dr. Travis Murphy undertook the most comprehensive review to date of jury verdicts, settlements, and appellate opinions focused on lawsuits involving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). His team...

    AHA News: Daughter Makes Lifesaving Plea to 911: Coach Me Through CPR?

    In March 2017, Mary Smith took an afternoon off work to visit her daughter and 2-week-old grandson Brody at their Minneapolis suburb home.

    Smith brought in groceries for dinner and carried a mobile crib up the stairs from the car. She was in the entryway when she found herself out of breath.

    She collapsed, making a thud that her daughter, Lindsey Bomgren, heard from the ha...

    Women in Cardiac Arrest Less Likely to Receive Help, Study Finds

    Women who suffer a cardiac arrest in public are less likely than men to get resuscitation help from bystanders, and more likely to die, new research shows.

    For the study, scientists analyzed data on more than 5,700 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occurred in a province of the Netherlands between 2006 and 2012. Women accounted for 28% of those cases.

    Men were more li...

    Simple CPR Doubles Survival Odds

    If a few minutes of your time could save a person's life, would you do it?

    In a new study, researchers found that any type of bystander CPR -- including just performing chest compressions -- significantly improves the chances of survival for people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

    A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops beating.

    "Bystanders ...

    Bystanders Key to Cutting Cardiac Arrest Deaths

    Cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting is a leading cause of disease-related health loss in the United States, a new study says.

    But bystander use of CPR and automated external defibrillators reduces the risk of death and disability.

    "Cardiac arrest is unique because survival is dependent on the timely response of bystanders, medical dispatch, EMS personnel, physicians...

    AHA News: Heart-Stopping Drama of On-Screen CPR Doesn't Always Reflect Reality

    When we watch movies and TV, we know that people can't actually fly, zombies aren't real and animals can't talk, among other scenarios presented for our entertainment.

    So when CPR and other heroic measures to revive an unconscious victim pop up on the screen, should we react the same way?

    "Movies very rarely get it right," said Dr. Howie Mell, an emergency room physician i...

    CPR Not Always Given at Dialysis Clinics When Needed

    When kidney failure patients undergoing treatment at dialysis clinics suffer cardiac arrest, the clinic staff usually jumps in to perform lifesaving CPR, but not always, a new study finds.

    "It is reassuring that bystander CPR was associated with improved outcomes in dialysis clinics just as it is in other settings, but it is concerning that the rate of dialysis staff-initiated CPR isn...