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Survivor Story: Father John Price

Friends, I died from ventricular fibrillation Thursday. Happily, I was in a place where there was an automated electronic defibrillator -AED- and people who were trained in its use. One friend pounced on me to do CPR until the AED could be brought to bear on me. She...

Survivor Story: Scott Corron

A few short years ago, Scott Corron suffered sudden cardiac arrest at a spin studio. His 12-year-old daughter was there. She was doing homework in the lobby. She was naturally frightened – she had no idea what was happening. “There was my dad on the floor,” she said....

Survivor Story: Kristen Walenga

"I went into sudden cardiac arrest on the morning of Saturday, August 24, 2019. My husband was at work and I was home with my four children, Nate (9), Sam (11), Rose(14), and Eddie (15). I was in the kitchen making breakfast for my kids before our day of youth...

Survivor Story: Jerry Rasmussen

Jerry Rasmussen was running in his fifth marathon when his heart suddenly failed. Swift action by bystanders, first responders and a bike team carrying a defibrillator saved his life. It was the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon. Rasmussen, then 46, had been named Bay...

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CPR and Coronavirus

Don't hesitate with CPR because of COVID-19. A new study in Circulation last month, reviewed the rates of COVID-19 infections in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and the implications for bystander CPR. In an article published in the Washington Post, experts urged the...

Dr. Bhandari on Univision

¿Cómo brindar primeros auxilios cuando una persona entra en paro cardiaco? Dr. Salil Bhandari from the McGovern Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine talks about CPR on Univision Houston. Watch the Video.

GETAC Support for TX-CARES

The Governor’s Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Advisory Council released a position statement in support of Texas-CARES. Background Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death in Texas with an estimated incidence of 60 people affected each...

Survivor Story: Kristen Walenga

“I went into sudden cardiac arrest on the morning of Saturday, August 24, 2019. My husband was at work and I was home with my four children, Nate (9), Sam (11), Rose(14), and Eddie (15). I was in the kitchen making breakfast for my kids before our day of youth football began. Sam and Nate were outside playing, Rose was upstairs with her AirPods in her ears and could not hear much of anything going on in the house. Eddie was just waking up in our basement where he slept the night before having fallen asleep after playing online video games.”

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Academy January 15, 2020

Texas-CARES in partnership with Penn Medicine’s TTM Academy present:  “Optimizing Cardiac Arrest Survival with State-of-the-Art Post-Arrest Care”. When: January 15th, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where: MD Anderson Simulation Center, Houston, TX What: Didactic and Hands-On...

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