Archive - Aug 2018

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August 8th

British Heart Foundation Joins Forces with Microsoft and National Health Service to Save Thousands More Lives from Cardiac Arrest

Thousands more lives could be saved from cardiac arrests, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between the NHS, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and Microsoft. The new partnership aims to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with a shared ambition for the life-saving devices to be made readily available for every out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

The initiative is in response to shocking figures that show public access defibrillators are used in less than three per cent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, significantly reducing the survival chances of tens of thousands of people every year.

August 7th

Screening Fails to Predict Most Heart Deaths in Young Soccer Players

Examinations of more than 11,000 adolescent soccer players in the UK over 20 years have found that routine heart testing prevented very few sudden heart-related deaths during exercise.

One in 266 players were found to have a heart problem that might cause sudden death. One in 1,396 died suddenly from some form of heart disease, totaling eight cases. But six of those eight athletes had passed the one-time heart screening, which used both electrocardiograms (ECGs) and ultrasound.

The cost of screening: $3.8 million or $342 per teenager from 1996 through 2016. The cost of identifying any child with heart disease: $16,167 per case.

August 1st

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Is Your School Prepared?

By Jonathan Drezner, MD

A tragedy occurred in our community July 24th when Allen Harris, a student-athlete at Federal Way High School, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a preseason football workout. Harris was 16 when he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes oversized and prone to abnormal rhythms.

As a parent, I think the death of a child is unfathomably sad. This distressing event should make us all pause and review our schools’ policies to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes playing sports. It is associated with structural and electrical heart disorders that usually present no warning symptoms.

Mission & Vision

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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