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Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital awarded for increasing survivability from sudden cardiac arrest

MINNEAPOLIS 11/11/2011--Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital received the 2011 Medical Leadership Award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the nation's largest non-profit advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to sudden cardiac awareness and prevention.

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The award recognizes the regional "Cool It" program, directed by interventional cardiologist Michael Mooney, MD, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Since the program started in 2006, 56 percent of sudden cardiac arrest patients who received therapeutic hypothermia treatment survived to hospital discharge. And, of those, 92 percent experienced a return to normal neurological functioning. The results were published this year in the national medical journal Circulation.

"As an internationally recognized world leader in providing heart and vascular care, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital exemplifies the innovation possible when community partnership outreach and an Integrated Cardiovascular Care Model are in place," said Jeffrey G. Micklos, chairman of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the nation's leading cause of death, killing nearly 300,000 Americans each year. SCA is different than a heart attack. It is generally associated with an electrical disruption of the heart's ability to properly function. Less than eight percent of victims survive because they do not receive immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the shock of an automated external defibrillator to maintain blood circulation and restore the heart's natural rhythm, according to the association.

About Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

The Minneapolis Heart Institute® is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading providers of heart and vascular care.

Abbott Northwestern, the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care.

Abbott Northwestern is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

About Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) is dedicated to creating a world without heart disease through groundbreaking clinical research and innovative education programs. MHIF's mission is to promote and improve cardiovascular health, quality of life and longevity for all. To learn more, go to

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