Archive - May 2, 2017

Archive - May 2, 2017

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Bystander CPR, Defibrillation Reduce Long-Term Odds of Brain Damage, Death

When a bystander gives CPR or applies an automatic defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year.

A Danish study has concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death from any cause, brain damage or nursing home admission by one third in people who are still alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest.

Most previous studies have looked at whether people who get CPR or defibrillation manage to survive or escape serious injury by the 30-day mark.

Researchers Find New Source of Dangerous Electrical Instability in the Heart

Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation – an erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability – is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, researchers have discovered a fundamentally new source of that electrical instability, a development that could potentially lead to new methods for predicting and preventing life-threatening cardiac fibrillation.

Wow, that scared me

Hello,
As mentioned in the my last post my cardiac arrest happened on Dec 11, 2011. I do not recall what if any feeling or sensation I had so, in a previous post, I asked if anyone cold tell me what if any feelings had been experienced when your cardiac arrest happened; hoping to be well informed.

Well, I have news... On April 20th, I had a near cardiac arrest. I have an ICD and after about 11 seconds it corrected my ventricular fibrillation and just seconds before the defibrillator would have shocked me. I know this because my bedside device (Merlin) alerted my doctor who called me to come into the office. He printed out the ekg of that evening and I saw where the ICD began the correction program and was charging to possibly give me a shock. I was only seconds away from that shock. Thank God, the ICD worked.

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