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December 6th

ECG App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Available Today on Apple Watch

Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.

December 4th

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon

Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women’s basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in themselves and others would live on.

December 3rd

Long-term side effect make living hard

10 years ago after I suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and was without oxygen for 11 minutes, I woke up from my medical induced coma with little visual side effects. I was able to breath, talk, and walk within my 11 day hospital stay. When I got home I would suddenly lose strength in my legs and arms after I woke up. When I talked to my doctor they sent me to a neurologist. After a few tests, I was told they didn't know what was wrong and since they couldn't do an MRI because I have an ICD there was nothing they could do.

Running a Marathon Can Increase Cardiac Strain in Amateur Runners

Study Highlights:

  • Amateurs running full-length marathons could be significantly raising levels of several key biomarkers of cardiac strain.
  • Levels of two proteins – troponin I and troponin T– were highest after runners completed a full marathon compared to a half marathon, and a 10K race, as were other biomarkers of cardiac stress.

DALLAS, December 3, 2018 —Full marathons may significantly raise concentrations of several biomarkers of strain on the heart, according to new research in Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.

Revive Solutions Raises $3.4M Seed Round to Develop Life-Saving Cardiac Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Revive Solutions, Inc., a leading developer of a next generation Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”) addressing the global public health issue of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (“SCA”), has announced the completion of its $3.4M Seed Financing Round, which was led by new investor, Greenbox Venture Partners, along with new investors Rock Health, HealthTech Capital, Hippocrates VC, and prominent medical device executives and healthcare professionals. Proceeds from this financing will be utilized to complete the regulatory submission for Revive’s product, leading to commercial launch of the product upon FDA approval. To date, the Company has raised over $6M.

November 29th

Competitive Sports Appear Safe for Young Athletes with ICDs

A post-hoc analysis of the ICD Sports Registry—which has already indicated that many patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can safely participate in vigorous or competitive sports—shows that shocks are not infrequent in young ICD patients who play competitive sports but that these shocks are not associated with serious adverse outcomes. 

Ambulance Response Times Are Worse for Low-Income People

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--A nationwide study of more than 63,000 cases of cardiac arrest found that ambulances on average took nearly four minutes longer to handle calls from low-income areas than high-income communities. 

November 28th

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kids are Teaching Kids What to Do in Medical Emergencies Through Harpers Heart Heroes; Statewide Campaign Launched

Harpers Heart Heroes

KALAMAZOO, MI--There is a cardiac arrest every second in the United States. Ninety percent of people who have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not survive. If CPR is started right away, survival rates increase to forty percent.

Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of high school students who are learning how to do CPR. However, there is no training program for elementary age children. Most of these kids do not know how to tell if someone is unresponsive and may not call 911 or get help.

A study done at The Gagie School in Kalamazoo, indicates that many kids have heard of CPR, but most do not know when or why it is used. After learning about what to do in a medical emergency and watching an American Heart Association CPR video, all of the fourth graders knew how to respond if someone was unresponsive. Additionally, forty percent were able to do effective, hands-only CPR.  

2018 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations Summary Published in Resuscitation and Circulation

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has initiated a continuous review of new, peer-reviewed, published cardiopulmonary resuscitation science. The second annual summary of International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations includes the most recent cardiopulmonary resuscitation science reviewed by ILCOR. The summary addresses the role of antiarrhythmic drugs in adults and children and includes the Advanced Life Support Task Force and Pediatric Task Force consensus statements, which summarize the most recent published evidence and an assessment of the quality of the evidence based on Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation criteria.

November 27th

1,000 Reasons Why You Should Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Today, #GivingTuesday

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 1,000 people outside hospitals each day in the U.S. Sadly, it is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Survival rates are generally dismal, but they improve dramatically when bystanders take action by calling 911, giving CPR and using AEDs. You can help promote awareness, understanding and action by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today, #GivingTuesday.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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