Archive - Aug 2017

Archive - Aug 2017

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month Urges Families to #KnowYourHeart to Learn Risk Factors

PITTSBURGH, PA--When one thinks of heart disease, adults usually come to mind. The reality is children of all ages can be affected by heart disease too, often with more devastating outcomes. This September, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month to educate the public about pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease that affects how the heart muscle pumps blood.

AED while traveling

My family member needs to bring his AED with him on a trip. Does anyone have experience taking an AED on a commercial domestic (USA) flight? It seems the rules are changing all the time. Calls to TSA and to the airline as well as to the website which sells the devices are not getting me an answer. First: can one bring their own personal AED on a commercial airline and Second: What is the proper method. Checked? Carry on? I would appreciate any help you can offer

August 29th

Cardiac Arrest Victims in Black Neighborhoods Less Likely to Get CPR, Defibrillation

Study shows that delaying CPR is associated with worse survival.

DURHAM, NC--Surviving cardiac arrest often seems like a matter of luck — whether a passerby knows CPR, or a defibrillator is close at hand or the ambulance arrives quickly. But one surprising factor also plays a role: The racial makeup of the neighborhood.

Compared to people who live in predominantly white neighborhoods, those who live in predominantly black areas are much less likely to receive CPR or defibrillation from a bystander when their heart suddenly stops beating while they are at home or out in the community.

Preventing Sudden Death in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: New Backing for ESC Guidelines

BARCELONA, SPAIN--A large study conducted across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia has validated the European Society of Cardiology recommendations for predicting and preventing sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

The HCM-EVIDENCE study, presented at ESC Congress 2017, tested the ESC’s recommendations in a diverse cohort of patients, said study investigator Constantinos O’Mahony, MRCP(UK).

August 28th

HeartRescue U.S. Expands Effort to Reduce Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

More than 300,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year in the United States. Despite a growing body of evidence of effective ways to respond to and treat SCA, survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital is low, estimated at between 7-10%, and even lower in many communities.

Abbott Issues New Updates for Implanted Cardiac Devices

ABBOTT PARK, IL-- Today, Abbott notified physicians of updates to its implantable pacemakers and defibrillators as part of its ongoing commitment to continuously improve patient care. 

The new device updates include a Battery Performance Alert for our implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that provides physicians with earlier warning of the potential for the low risk of premature battery depletion. They also include a planned update to pacemaker firmware (a kind of software) to add additional security protections designed to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to patients' pacemakers.

August 27th

Bag-Mask Ventilation Fails to Improve on Endotracheal Intubation in Cardiac Arrest

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Bag-mask ventilation fails to improve on endotracheal intubation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, according to late-breaking results from the CAAM trial presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is the main cause of death worldwide in previously healthy people,” said principal investigator Prof Frederic Adnet, an emergency physician at Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny, France. “Each year it causes 300,000 deaths in the US and more than 200,000 in Europe. Less than 10% of patients survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.”

August 26th

18 Year Study Shows Nine in 10 Cardiac Arrest Victims Survive in Sports and Fitness Centers Equipped with AEDs

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives in amateur sports and fitness centers, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress today. The 18 year study found that survival from cardiac arrest reached 93 percent in centers equipped with an AED.
 
“Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of death in Europe, affecting more than 300,000 people each year,” said first author Diego Penela, MD, a cardiologist at Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy. “The chance of survival decreases with every passing minute in which defibrillation is not performed.”

August 24th

New Tool Can Predict Patients’ Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

Targeted temperature management – the precise cooling of a person suffering cardiac arrest – can literally be the difference in life or death. Now researchers have developed a new tool to predict how much the treatment will benefit a patient. They hope the new tool will be both helpful and a comfort to patients’ families, particularly when they must make difficult care decisions.

“There is a period of time where you can’t really evaluate a patient very well in terms of whether they are likely to survive … and that’s, of course, what everybody wants to know,” said Lawrence W. Gimple, MD, of the UVA Health System. “It’s important to realize that you don’t know, you can’t know. So what we developed was a model to help you to predict the probability that someone will get better.”

August 22nd

Calling All Survivors!

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference, presented by the Citizen CPR Foundation, is scheduled for December 5-8 in New Orleans, LA. Survivors are invited to share their stories, honor their rescuers, attend sessions addressing post survival quality of life, and discuss ways to pay it forward. Survivors are also invited to join 1,000 survivors and conference participants at the CPR Saves Lives March to bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who could survive if CPR and treatment with defibrillators were more readily available.

Registration is discounted for survivors. For more information, see attached brochure or contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: ECCU) .

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