Archive - May 2018

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May 21st

Joe Farrell Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--Joe Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT, FAPTA has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Farrell recently retired as a Doctor of Physical Therapy after 40 years of clinical practice. For over three decades he has been involved in post graduate education as Senior Clinical Fellowship faculty member of the Northern California Kaiser Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program. He has served on five professional boards during his physical therapy career and is currently serving as Secretary of the PulsePoint Foundation, an Advisory Consultant for the Via Heart Project, and member of the Advisory Committee of the HeartSafe Committee (HSC) of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in San Ramon, California.

May 19th

Join the National Effort to Teach Bystanders to Save a Life During EMS Week, May 20-26, 2018

May 20-26, 2018, is the 44th annual National EMS Week. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” To mark the occasion, American Medical Response, International Association of Fire Chiefs and American College of Emergency Physicians are joining forces to provide training in bleeding control and CPR during EMS Week.

Here are some suggestions on how to join the effort:

May 8th

First of Its Kind NYC Clinic Focuses on Brain After Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY--Maryanne Gale can't remember much about the months following her sudden cardiac arrest. She describes the feeling now as "all of her memories starting on the same day," and said she didn't even feel conscious until about a week into her hospital stay. Even after her discharge, Gale said she felt "adrift."

"When you're walking around and people are looking at you going 'people don't survive this kind of thing' you can feel really alone," Gale said. "You don't understand why you feel the way you feel."

May 7th

The Heart Rhythm Society Releases Communication Strategies for Cybersecurity Threats to Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices

BOSTON, MA--The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) will release communication recommendations to assist healthcare professionals to understand and prepare for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The proceedings statement outlines four key communication themes: when to notify patients, whom to notify, how to communicate with patients, and what elements to discuss with patients. The statement will be presented on Thursday, May 10, at Heart Rhythm 2018, the Heart Rhythm Society's 39th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

The relative novelty of cybersecurity threats in CIEDs is raising questions among patients and the heart rhythm care community. The rapidly changing health care environment and increasing global interconnectivity expose information technology to vulnerabilities. Hackers can potentially use these vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to medical equipment. 

New Study Suggests Marijuana Use Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Arrhythmias

BOSTON, MA--According to new research, smoking marijuana may not be associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart attack. The study also reported that marijuana users had a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib) and in-hospital mortality. The results are scheduled to be presented on Thursday, May 10 at Heart Rhythm 2018, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 39th Annual Scientific Sessions. 

Exposure to Air Pollution on Cold Days Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

New study presented at Heart Rhythm 2018 finds all sudden cardiac death cases in over 110,000 women took place at air pollution levels below EPA quality standards

May 2nd

Life after Death

I have no memory of Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I’m lucky to be alive.

Similar to other Sundays during the spring, I was playing softball in the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) league at Watkins Regional Park in Maryland. I drove to the fields at 09:30, stopping at 7-11 for water and a protein bar and then headed to Watkins. In the parking lot, I met up with a former teammate and good friend and we talked about softball and an upcoming trip I planned to take in June to Barcelona and Amsterdam. The game started at 11:30. About an hour later, as it headed into extra innings, I asked some former teammates about those rules and relayed them back to my team.

Lost my big sister

Last Monday, April 23 2018, my sister died from cardiac arrest. She was 65. My 20 yr old son heard her fall and found her on the floor by the washer and dryer. She didn't respond and was not breathing. He immediately called 911. I was at work when he was finally able to get to me. He had his grandmother (his father's mother) call me at work. I completely lost it. I have, or rather had, 3 older sisters. This was the one I was closest to. Not only my sister but also my best friend. She didn't make it. It took the EMTs 15 minutes to get her heart started again. Which was too long. Her brain died from not getting any oxygen. Her body hasn't died yet. Her heart is now beating on its own and she's breathing on her own now. But the reality is that my sister is gone. I miss her so very much.

May 1st

Heart-Stopping Condition Could Come with Warning Signs

A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms.

But several recent studies show that, sometimes, people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have warning signs hours – and even weeks – ahead of time. Experts say that’s why it’s important for everyone to be educated about the signs and to know what to do when someone’s in trouble. It’s also why, for those who seemingly have no symptoms, more research is needed.

ZOLL Awarded Singapore’s Save-A-Life Initiative to Install 5,000 AEDs in Public Housing

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that it has been awarded the Singapore Save-A-Life (SAL) initiative’s contract and is currently installing 5,000 AED Plus® units in public housing apartments across Singapore.

The SAL initiative is one of the largest community deployments in the world to date.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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