Archive - Mar 2017

Archive - Mar 2017

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March 22nd

hello

I'm struggling to make it by, I'm 22 years old and had sudden cardiac arrest last year
(February 10th, 2016? idk the actual day but I was told either that day or the following). I spent some time in a coma, I don't actually know how many days of that either but I know it was somewhere around a week and a half. I can't help but to wish everything would've just ended. Why did someone have to save me? My life seemed to be on a good track and now everything has fallen apart. I don't have any closure, and I'm in so much debt I don't know where to begin... I was told there there wasn't a cause, it just happened. I don't remember anything about it or leading up to it happening, i don't really know where my memory stops and picks up again but I know somethings I don't have any recollection of.
I have photos and conversations on my phone that are weird to look at. Like i'm looking at my own memories but they feel like they belong to someone else.

March 21st

Coffee Shops, 24-Hour ATMs Are The Best Locations for Life-Saving AEDs, U of Toronto Research Shows

U of T Engineering team creates list of top 10 businesses where placing automatic external defibrillators would save lives

March 20th

Debate: Necessity of ECG Screenings in Young Athletes Still Uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C.--While ECG screenings in school-age athletes may be necessary to reduce risk for sudden cardiac death, there are questions that need to be answered about accuracy of diagnosis, two experts said in a debate held at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Resuscitation Champion Leaves Lifesaving Legacy

EUGENE, OR--Lane County firefighters are mourning the loss of one man who had a big impact on their lifesaving techniques.

Fire Captain Craig Aman from Seattle Firefighters Local 27 passed away last week. Captain Aman was a Eugene resident who commuted to Seattle. He worked closely with Eugene-Springfield Fire. His legacy lives on in Lane County.

Beginning in 2013, Captain Aman volunteered his time to train local firefighters on new cardiac arrest management. The modern technique is referred to as a pit-crew concept, meaning it's consistent and fast paced.

Captain Aman died in the line of duty from kidney cancer, which is among the long list of cancers that affect firefighters.

Michigan Medicine Launches Study of Life-Saving Resuscitation Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Even when rapidly treated, less than 10 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive, according to the American Heart Association. That’s why Michigan Medicine is launching a new study to examine the potential benefit of a life-saving resuscitation strategy for sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain and other organs within the body.

March 16th

Moderate Exercise May Be Beneficial for HCM Patients

Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are urged to take it easy. But new research shows they might benefit from moderate aerobic exercise.

As one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can push patients into sedentary lifestyles. Current guidelines recommend people with HCM, the most common genetic cardiovascular disease, limit intense exercise because of concerns over triggering ventricular arrhythmias. But new Michigan Medicine research finds there may be reason to re-evaluate the guidelines.

Can Drones Deliver Emergency Defibrillators?

A drone network could be deployed to speed defibrillators to bystanders trying to help people in cardiac arrest, getting the devices to the patient faster than emergency services, a recent Canadian study suggests.

Researchers examined historical data on 53,702 cardiac arrests over 26,851 square kilometers (10,367 square miles) of rural and urban regions surrounding Toronto, Ontario, to see how drones might be deployed to get help to cardiac arrest patients more quickly than typical 911 response times.

March 14th

‘Harmless’ Painkillers Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Researchers advise avoiding diclofenac and limiting ibuprofen to 1200 mg per day

Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to research published today in the March issue of European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and some, including ibuprofen, are available over the counter.

South Dakota Becomes 36th State to Require CPR Training to Graduate

Capitol building, Pierre, South DakotaCPR training will now be a requirement to graduate high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday.

South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, D.C., that require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. In those states combined, more than 2.1 million public high school students each year will have been trained in CPR.

The new law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year and will result in more than 8,000 additional South Dakotans trained in CPR each year.

March 8th

Researchers Identify Gene That Can Cause Sudden Death in Young People and Athletes

Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a new gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes.

The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which is a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death in seemingly healthy young people.

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