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Public Health Burden of Sudden Cardiac Death in the United States

LOS ANGELES, CA--Sumeet Chugh and colleages from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have analyzed multiple data sources to determine the relative health burden of premature death from sudden cardiac arrest compared with other diseases in the United States. They reviewed:

Why Do Healthy People Die Running Marathons?

You’ve likely read the sad news from this weekend in the world of distance running: Three relatively young men died on Sunday while running in otherwise festive, long-distance races in London and Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the 34th London Marathon, where 36,000 runners participated on Sunday, the post-race death of a 42-year-old man was the event’s second death in three years. In North Carolina, two men died, age 31 and 35, after collapsing at or near the end of the 13.1-mile, half-marathon of the capital city’s inaugural Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. A combined 12,500 runners participated in the Raleigh events.

Two Runners Die Near Finish Line of Half Marathon in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC--Two runners who died Sunday morning as participants in the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon may fit the profile of the most common fatalities in such events, according to a Duke sports medicine specialist: men in their 30s with pre-existing, undiagnosed cardiac abnormalities.

Saying the runners’ families wanted privacy, race organizers did not release the names of the men who died or give any indication of their causes of death.

“We regret to confirm that two participants passed away at today’s half-marathon,” said Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the event’s medical director. “We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses, and our prayers go out to the each of the runners’ family and friends.”

London Marathon Runner Who Died Named as Robert Berry

LONDON--A man who died after collapsing at the finish line of the London Marathon has been named as 42-year-old Robert Berry.

Organizer Virgin Money said he was taken to one of its medical facilities where he was treated by four consultants, including one specializing in emergency medicine.

Mr Berry, from Newbury in Berkshire, was pronounced dead after being transferred to St Mary's Hospital.

About 36,000 people took part in the event on Sunday.

A statement from the organizer said: "It is with regret that we can now confirm that Mr. Robert Berry, aged 42, collapsed at the finish of the London Marathon.

Painkillers Linked to Heightened Irregular Heartbeat Risk in Older Adults

Underlying factors behind this association warrant further attention, say authors

Current and recent use of painkillers/anti-inflammatories may be linked to a heightened risk of an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) among older adults, finds a large population study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Atrial fibrillation has itself been linked to stroke, heart failure, and reduced life expectancy, while previously published research has linked the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to a heightened risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack.

The Beat Goes On: Minnesota Creates AED Registry

ST. PAUL, MN--They are stationed across Minnesota to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and a new effort is underway to make sure those automated external defibrillators are in working order when they're needed. A bill at the Legislature would set up a registry of public AEDs to alert the owners when maintenance is needed, according to Kim Harkins, program manager with the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota.

"The bill really is out there to not make it more difficult for AED owners, but merely to provide them with that tool or reminder for that public access AED that there is maintenance required," she said.

According to the American Heart Association, the chances that a cardiac arrest victim will survive can double or triple when a bystander assists with an AED, or by applying CPR. In Minnesota, heart disease is the second-leading cause of death.

Ten-Year-Old Boy is Florida's First Pediatric Patient to Receive S-ICD Therapy

ORLANDO, FL--Cardiologists at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children today performed Florida’s first pediatric implant of a new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

The device, called a subcutaneous defibrillator, protects patients from sudden cardiac arrest by providing an electrical impulse to muscles surrounding the heart. It is the world’s first device to provide protection from sudden cardiac arrest while not touching the heart or blood vessels.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. The condition usually causes death if not treated within minutes.1

Cardiologists at the hospital implanted the subcutaneous defibrillator into Jose Ramos, a ten-year-old Kissimmee boy who went into sudden cardiac arrest in February 2014 and received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from his father to save his life.

Millions of Lives Could Be Saved with New Therapeutic Hypothermia System

BUFFALO GROVE, IL-- Tens of millions of people worldwide, including over 1 million Americans, suffer a cardiac arrest and stroke resulting in brain injury every year. Damage occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen for extended periods of time. The most effective way to combat injury is to use cold therapy, formally called therapeutic hypothermia. Unfortunately, up to 98% of patients needing therapeutic hypothermia don't get it. Why? Ask Sergei Shushunov, MD.

Rochester, MN, Police Officers Awarded for Lifesaving Actions

ROCHESTER, MN--Three police officers on Wednesday were awarded for their quick actions that helped save two lives in Rochester.

Police patrolmen Charles Pendlebury, John Gantert, and Adam Ducharme were awarded with Life Saving Awards on Wednesday, for their life-saving uses of CPR and the automated external defibrillator (AED).

About a month ago, Pendlebury and Gantert responded to a call about a woman who was unresponsive and had no pulse. On scene, Pendlebury began doing chest compressions, while Gantert was setting up the AED, which was then administered to the woman.

According to Police Chief Michael Allen, by the time EMTs arrived and the woman was being transported to the hospital, she was breathing and had a pulse.

“Eventually she just took a breath,” said Gantert. “It’s pretty remarkable.”

Most ICD Athletes Can Play Sports Without Cardiac Risks

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the end, it really wasn't much of a debate at all. Two experts, citing similar research, made the case that most athletes with heart problems requiring an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be allowed to participate in sports.

While there did appear to be some argument as to exactly what those sports might be—for example, there is a big difference between football, hockey, and rugby compared with low-impact sports like cycling and soccer—the two researchers agreed that most of these athletes can engage in sports without harm.

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