Archive - Dec 2017

Archive - Dec 2017


December 29th

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December 27th

ICD Shocks Hurt Quality of Life

GREENVILLE, NC--Shocks from an implantable defibrillator (ICD) are quick and can be life-saving, but can also hurt patients' quality of life and peace of mind for months afterward, whether delivered appropriately or inappropriately, suggests a large international cohort study.

Objectively measured decreases in quality of life both 1 and 3 months after an ICD shock appeared related to reduced accelerometer-measured physical activity and worse general-anxiety and shock-anxiety scores in the 2770-patient analysis of the PainFree SST study. The analysis appeared December 24, 2017 in Heart Rhythm with lead author Dr. Samuel F Sears (East Carolina University, Greenville, NC).

December 26th

MRI Scan Safe for Most People with Older Pacemakers, Defibrillators

There's good news for people with pacemakers and the doctors who treat them.

A new study reinforces earlier work suggesting that MRI scans are safe for patients with older devices, even if the MRI is focusing on the chest area.

Until now, the sensitive electronics of older pacemakers and implantable defibrillators were thought to be vulnerable to disruption when subjected to the magnetic fields and radio waves that allow magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to see into the body.

December 25th

AHA President’s Heart Stopped for Several Minutes. He’s Now Back at Work, Ready to Share His Story.

DALLAS, TX-- American Heart Association president John Warner went into cardiac arrest during the heart attack he suffered last month, his heart stopping for several minutes until an impromptu team of rescuers brought him back to life.

December 21st

Make the Most of Your Layover by Learning Hands-Only CPR

Anthem Foundation and American Heart Association help holiday travelers learn a 5-minute lifesaving technique

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--With 58 million people expected to fly this holiday season, increased activity at airports and the perhaps the unanticipated layover can likely be expected. Travelers who find themselves with time on their hands while waiting on their flight can make the most out of delays by learning the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR at eight interactive kiosks located at several airports nationwide, nationally supported by the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., in partnership with the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

December 20th

Heart Disease and Stroke Deaths Decline Slightly, New Statistics Find

Deaths from heart disease and stroke have declined slightly, yet both diseases remain among the leading causes of death in the United States, new federal statistics show.

A report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., and stroke still ranks fifth. The diseases also are the leading causes of death in the world.

Heart disease deaths per 100,000 people declined from 168.5 to 165.5, while stroke deaths went from 37.6 to 37.3. Other top causes of deaths also declined. Preliminary mortality statistics for 2017 show heart disease and stroke deaths continue to decrease.

December 18th

Parent Heart Watch Wins National Video Contest Aimed at Raising Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

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