Archive - Apr 2018

Archive - Apr 2018

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April 20th

Memory Loss

It has been seven years now and I still have some short term memory loss issues, is this normal, I was dead for 5 minutes and they had to hit me with the paddles 5 separate times before they got me back to a normal rhythm, I was taken to the hospital and put into a coma for 48 hours on one of those tables that lowers the body temp and moves you around so you don't get bed sores.

It is sort of effecting my job performance, can anything be done to help?

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April 19th

Cardiac Arrest Defeated by Software: Incredible Discovery of the IRCCS of Milan

Brugada syndrome trigger mechanism discovered: a software can electrically reprogram cells and prevent cardiac arrest

April 17th

Saving Lives with Public Access Defibrillation: A Deadly Game of Hide and Seek

Researchers from the University of Southampton recently surveyed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for public use on the “Save a Life” AED locator mobile application in and around Southampton, UK, to determine the characteristics of AED signage. They evaluated 201 AEDs and found that 67 percent of sites had no signage, and when signage was provided, it was partially or severely obstructed in 41 percent of sites.

They concluded that current AED signage is poor and limits device effectiveness, since public awareness of the location of AEDs is impeded. They recommend promoting visible signage within the operational radius of each AED.

Survivors and Legislators Call for CPR Training in Pennsylvania Schools

HARRISBURG, PA--The American Heart Association (AHA) held a press conference Monday in the Main Rotunda as part of their annual lobby day. Speakers called for a vote on SB 521 or companion legislation HB 921, which would require every high school student in Pennsylvania to receive training in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before graduation.
 

April 16th

Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911 and help is on the way. No one in her class knows how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the school nurse is out sick. How can this be happening? Doesn’t everyone know CPR? And isn’t there a defibrillator in her school? You rush to the school. The ambulance has just arrived and the emergency medical technicians are trying to revive her. But it is too late.

April 15th

Drinking Up to Three Cups of Coffee Per Day May Be Safe, Protective

Caffeine consumption linked to decreased rate of atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias

WASHINGTON, DC--Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages, but recent research has shown that coffee and tea are safe and can reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, according to a review published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  

April 12th

Survivors, Family Members and Others Invited to Participate in Survey About ACCESS Study

Emory University is joining researchers at 20 other hospitals across the country to conduct a study called ACCESS. The co-principal Investigators are Demetris Yannopoulos, MD, of the University of Minnesota and Tom Auferheide, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Emory has asked the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to share information about the study with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, its community of survivors, family members and others, to find out what they think about the study. Community members are invited to take the survey at this link. Responses are due by May 7th.

April 11th

Bereaved Family and Friends Contribute to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in Memory of Venkatesh Veeravalli

Venkatesh Veeravalli, 29, a software engineer from New Brunswick, NJ, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on February 9th, leaving behind his 25-year-old wife, his parents, and many other family members and friends.

According to his family, “Venky” had fallen asleep that evening, but then awoke with breathing difficulties. First responders worked for over an hour, trying to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator. He was later transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Unfortunately, however, he could not be resuscitated.

Family and friends were shocked and devastated, especially because Venky was “active, health conscious, and a regular at the gym.”

Fueled by Tragedy, Cardiac on Campus Helps Students Take Care of Hearts

MADISON, WI--Jon Derynda had just crossed the finish line of a half-marathon when he collapsed and died in 2015, having suffered what’s called sudden cardiac death.

He was two days shy of his 21st birthday, enjoying the summer between his junior and senior year at UW-Oshkosh, and was running the race with his family. His death blindsided the family, who found it hard to comprehend how a fit, young man could die from a heart problem.

“We were really struck by the thought of a really healthy, active 20 year-old and how this can happen to somebody as healthy as he was,” his sister Brittany Derynda said.

April 10th

Genetic Variant Might Be a Better Marker for Heart Disease

CINCINNATI, OH--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have found that a newly identified subset of a known genetic variant found primarily in individuals of South Asian descent may be a better marker for carriers of heart dysfunction in this population and that individuals with this genetic variant are more likely to develop early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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