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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.

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.

HeartBeat NOLA Launched to Help Save Lives in New Orleans

New Orleans area musician and sudden cardiac arrest survivor with his wife launch non-profit HeartBeat NOLA.

REDMOND, WA--New Orleans area musician and sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Maurice Trosclair (“Miracle Meaux”), along with his wife Nancy Trosclair, have launched a new, life-saving initiative to benefit the Greater New Orleans Area. Trosclair was a guest at Physio-Control's 3rd quarter kickoff event in Redmond, Washington. In his address, he shared his story of survival and thanked the staff of Physio-Control, manufacturers of the Lucas 3 Chest Compression System, a mechanical device that helped save his life after his sudden cardiac arrest on February 14, 2017.

Resuscitation Leaders Call for Paradigm Shift to CPR Competency to Save 50,000 Additional Lives Each Year by 2025

The American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical convene nation’s 30 largest health care systems to drive a new standard of patient care

New Study Says Taking a Vacation Could Improve Your Health

Have you been feeling unhealthy lately? A vacation could be the best medicine.

Researchers say what many have long believed to be true: Some time away may actually reduce stress.

The gold standard of long term health studies, the Framingham Heart Study, which tracked workers over 20 years, found vacations can be important for your physical health.

According to the study, men who didn’t take vacations were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, and for women who don’t take a break, the chance of a heart attack went up to 50 percent.

(Heart attacks sometimes lead to cardiac arrest.)

Researchers also find that vacations improve mental health and overall well-being.

Using Epinephrine to Treat Cardiac Arrest: Minimal Benefit, Increased Risk of Brain Damage

WARWICK, UK--A clinical trial of the use of epinephrine (adrenaline) in cardiac arrests has found that its use results in less than 1% more people leaving hospital alive - but almost doubles the risk of severe brain damage for survivors of cardiac arrest. The research raises important questions about the future use of epinephrine in such cases and will necessitate debate among healthcare professionals, patients and the public.

iBeat Heart Watch Detecting Cardiac Arrest, Is Now Available

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--iBeat, a health tech company empowering people to live longer, today announced the release and shipping of its iBeat Heart Watch – a heart and blood flow monitoring smartwatch that will engage the user and can notify first responders for immediate medical aid if something appears to be wrong.

Long-Term Survival Worse for Black Survivors of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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Key Discovery Made in Genetic Make-Up of Heart Condition Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

A new study published in Circulation, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association and led by a cardiologist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital has found evidence that only one of the 21 genes normally associated with Brugada Syndrome, a serious genetic heart condition associated with the risk of sudden arrhythmic death, is a definitive cause of the condition.

ICD Placements Not Meeting Medicare Coverage Criteria Decline After Investigation into Potential Overuse Announced

NCDR ICD Registry data show 16.1 percent decline in year after DOJ begins investigation

Following the announcement of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into potential overuse of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that did not meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Coverage Determination criteria, the number of ICDs placed not meeting the criteria declined, according to a study of hospitals participating in the NCDR ICD Registry.

In 2005, CMS created a National Coverage Determination for ICDs, which incorporated the available clinical evidence and aligned payment practices for primary prevention ICDs in patients insured under Medicare.  

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