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Screening Programs Are Unlikely to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Competitive Athletes, New Study Suggests

TORONTO, ONTARIO--Screening programs for cardiac conditions are not an effective way to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in competitive sport, and may prevent healthy athletes from participating, a new study suggests.

More than 80 per cent sudden cardiac arrests in competitive sports could not have been predicted by screening programs, according to the study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital identified a total of 3,825 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests among persons aged 12-45 during the six-year study period.

Sixth-Graders Can Learn, Perform Hands-Only CPR

ANAHEIM, CA--Students as young as sixth-graders can learn and perform CPR effectively and should be targeted for training, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Researchers assessed the ability of 160 sixth-graders (average age 12) to perform Hands-Only CPR for adults, using music and a video game to help the students attain the correct compression rate.

AHA President Doing Well After Minor Heart Attack

ANAHEIM, CA--American Heart Association President John Warner was away from the AHA’s Scientific Sessions with his family Monday after having a minor heart attack during the organization’s flagship scientific conference.

Warner, a practicing cardiologist and the CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals in Dallas, had the episode Monday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where doctors inserted a stent to open a clogged artery.

Sudden Cardiac Death Rates May Be Seven Times Higher Among Young People With Diabetes

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Driving a Tesla May Not Trip Your Defibrillator

ANAHEIM, CA--Sitting in, or standing close to the charging port of a Tesla electric vehicle didn’t trigger a shock or interfere with implantable defibrillator performance, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Researchers examined the potential effect of electromagnetic interference while charging an electric vehicle battery at 220 Volts. The study included 26 men and 8 women from Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, average age 69, with implanted cardiac defibrillators of various types.

Sexual Activity Rarely a Heart-Stopping Activity

ANAHEIM, CA--Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest, a life-threatening malfunction of the heart’s electrical system causing the heart to suddenly stop beating, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

To determine whether sexual activity might trigger sudden cardiac arrest, researchers examined records on 4,557 cases of cardiac arrest in adults between 2002 and 2015 in a community in the northwestern United States.

Researchers found:

Men More Likely to Receive Bystander CPR in Public than Women

ANAHEIM, CA--Men are more likely to receive bystander CPR in public locations compared to women, and they are more likely to survive after the life-saving measure, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Using data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada studying out-of-hospital treatments of cardiac arrest and trauma, researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events in the home and in public.

They found:

Latinos Less Aware of Automated External Defibrillators

ANAHEIM, CA--Latinos are less likely to know what an automated external defibrillator (AED) is and who can use it, which could affect outcomes of sudden cardiac arrests in Latino neighborhoods, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

The prompt use of AEDs by bystanders can greatly improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest occurring in public, yet their use is strikingly low possibly because of lack of public awareness, researchers said. Previous studies have highlighted disparities in receiving CPR and CPR training in Latino communities, but no studies have assessed AED awareness and associated racial disparities.

More Cardiac Arrest Victims Could Survive with Dispatcher CPR Instruction, Rescue Breaths for Children

American Heart Association Moves to Annual Guidelines Update, a First for the Organization

Societies Detail Treatment for Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias

WASHINGTON, DC--The American College of Cardiology, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, today published new guidelines for the treatment of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Ventricular arrhythmias are an abnormal heartbeat arising from the heart’s lower chambers, or ventricles. This condition can lead to cardiac arrest, which, in turn, results in sudden cardiac death if the abnormal rhythm is not quickly stopped to restore a normal rhythm.

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