Archive - Aug 2018

Archive - Aug 2018

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Partners with Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation to Call Attention to Children’s “Silent” Heart Disease

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

PITTSBURGH, PA--All too often, we read a headline of a star athlete who suddenly collapses on the night of the big game, or a baby who dies in her sleep. Chances are, a little-known heart condition is the cause. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month this September to shine a spotlight on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease.

August 27th

More Patients Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest with New EMS Technique

Study funded by NIH showed a change in use of breathing tube can save more lives.

August 25th

Security Body Scanner Safe for Patients with Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Body scanners used for security checks are safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators, according to late breaking research presented at ESC Congress 2018.

Across the globe more than four million patients with heart failure or cardiac arrhythmias rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to keep their hearts beating regularly. It has been unclear whether body scanners used for security checks at airports interfere with the function of cardiac devices.

August 23rd

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to Meet in October

The National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC) committee on establishing a national cardiac arrest registry will meet in San Diego, CA, on October 4th during the American College of Emergency Physicians annual conference. Related task forces will address structure and function of the registry, advocacy, and data interoperability.

August 22nd

Cerner and Duke Clinical Research Institute Collaborate on Cardiac Risk App

Cerner collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute to develop an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app, designed as a tool to increase communication between the person and their doctor about ways to live a healthier life and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The app helps health care providers estimate 10-year and lifetime ASCVD risk for patients based on information like age, race, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status and diabetes status. If untreated, ASCVD can lead to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, as well as fatal and nonfatal stroke.

Bystander CPR: The Time to Act is Now

A study just published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (Audrey Blewer, MPH et al) reveals that male victims of sudden cardiac arrest had an increased likelihood of receiving CPR from bystanders (BCPR) in public settings, compared with females. An analysis of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium registry (n=19,331) indicates layperson BCPR was administered in 37 percent of events, males were more likely to receive BCPR, and males had a 23 percent increased odds of survival compared with females. The study is the first to identify gender disparities as a factor that affects survival.

Pioneering Training Kiosks Provide 100,000 with Hands-Only CPR Skills

Milestone shows viability of American Heart Association self-instructional kiosks

DALLAS, TX--More than 100,000 people have been trained in the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR since the American Heart Association launched its Hands-Only CPR training kiosk program in 2016. As part of the program that is nationally supported by Anthem Foundation, the Association has placed 30 of these interactive devices in cities across the country.  

August 20th

Ageing Overweight Scuba Divers at Risk of Underwater Cardiac Events

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE--Older, overweight scuba divers are being urged to shed pounds to avoid an underwater cardiac event. That’s the advice from a large study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a publication of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1
 

“Cardiac issues are now a leading factor in diving fatalities,” said study author Peter Buzzacott, MD, of the University of Western Australia, in Crawley, Australia. “Divers who learned to dive years ago and who are now old and overweight, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are at increased risk of dying.”

August 17th

South Dakota High Schools to Enforce Pre-Contest Safety Timeouts

MITCHELL, SD--South Dakota high school officials will be enforcing new rules on how to administer athletic contests to improve safety.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will require registered officials to hold "a pre-contest medical timeout" beginning this fall. The timeout will be a short meeting held at the start of the first athletic contest for administrators, officials and coaches to discuss emergency personnel and protocols.

The medical timeout formalizes the process already in place in many school districts across the state, said John Krogstrand, the association's assistant executive director.

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.

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