Archive - 2018

Archive - 2018


March 9th

Wearable Defibrillator Cuts Overall Mortality, But Not Sudden Deaths After Heart Attack

Mortality benefit goes beyond that achieved with standard medical therapy alone, could help bridge patients to evaluation for ICD placement

ORLANDO, FL--Wearing a lightweight vest equipped with a cardioverter defibrillator that detects abnormal heart rhythms in addition to taking recommended medications is associated with a reduction in the likelihood of dying during the first 90 days following a heart attack in people whose heart function was also impaired, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session. People who wore the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) during the study timeframe were 35 percent less likely to die for any reason compared with those who received medications alone.

March 5th

Italian Law Must Change to Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest

Law requiring certificate to use a defibrillator reduces response time

MILAN, ITALY--An Italian law requiring citizens to hold a certificate to use a defibrillator must change to improve survival from cardiac arrest, researchers argued today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.

“Automated external defibrillator (AED) use before the arrival of the emergency medical services (EMS) plays a key role in improving victim survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” said lead author Dr Enrico Baldi, resident physician in cardiology at IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy.

February 26th

Cardiac Arrest Survival Greatly Increases When Bystanders Use an Automated External Defibrillator

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February 25th

Medtronic Recalls Certain CRT-Ds and ICDs Due to Manufacturing Error That Can Prevent Electrical Shock Delivery

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) are devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms, and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms. ICDs and CRT-Ds are both implanted under the skin in the upper chest area with connecting insulated wires called "leads" that go into the heart. Patients need an ICD or CRT-D if their heartbeat is too slow (bradycardia), too fast (tachycardia), or needs coordination to treat heart failure.

February 22nd

CPR Survival Rates Are Lower Than Most People Think

The majority of people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality, according to a small U.S. study.

This overly optimistic view, which may partly stem from seeing happy outcomes in television medical dramas, can get in the way of decision-making and frank conversations about end of life care with doctors, the research team writes in American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

February 19th

Cybersecurity For Implantable Devices: What Should You Know?

The potential for hacking cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and defibrillators may be a growing problem for patients and health care providers, according to an article by ACC's Electrophysiology Section Council published Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Adrian M. Baranchuk, MD, FACC, et al., examine the risk of hacking cardiac devices and provide an outline of what can be done to improve cybersecurity from the standpoint of manufacturers, government and professional societies, and physicians and patients.

Carmel, IN, Survivor Shares Story as Bolt for the Heart Donates 90 AEDs to Indiana State Police

CARMEL, IN--Jeff Utzinger frequently runs through his neighborhood to stay healthy, but ironically it nearly killed him.

The Carmel resident suffered a cardiac arrest during a run in June 2017, crumpling to the ground unconscious as his heart failed to pump blood to the rest of his body. Without intervention, death usually happens within minutes.

February 15th

Renowned Cardiologist Arthur J. Moss, Pioneer of Research and Treatment in Sudden Death, Passes Away

ROCHESTER, NY--Cardiologist Arthur J. Moss, whose research saved hundreds of thousands of lives and improved the standard of care for legions of people with heart disease, died on February 14, 2018. He was 86.

During a career spanning six decades, Moss made some of the most significant and long-lasting discoveries in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death. His astounding accomplishments in scientific research and clinical care stemmed especially from his special devotion to patients; he understood the importance of listening, building trust and working together to bring about change. He was also a skilled leader, able to foster meaningful collaborations that led to some of the most productive clinical trials in all of cardiology.

Take a Step for Survival

Join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 12th.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh. This year's walk will be on Saturday, May 12th.

The annual fundraiser is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield so that there is no cost to participating nonprofits and all funds raised go directly to those organizations. The 5K walk will begin at 9 am at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

February 14th

CMS Releases Final Coverage Policy For ICD Implantation

On Feb. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final policy decision updating the national coverage determination (NCD) governing implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation for Medicare fee-for-service patients.

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