Archive - Mar 16, 2017

Archive - Mar 16, 2017

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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.

Lay Bystanders' Perspectives on What Facilitates CPR and AED Use in Real Cardiac Arrests

An international team of researchers recently investigated factors that encourage lay bystanders to initiate CPR and AED use in a cohort of bystanders previously trained in CPR techniques who were present at an out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was conducted from 2012-2015 in Denmark. They found that several factors, other than previous hands‐on CPR training, facilitate lay bystander instigation of CPR and AED use. Recognition and modification of these factors may increase lay bystander CPR rates and patient survival following out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest.

These factors include:

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.

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