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Coffee Shops, 24-Hour ATMs Are The Best Locations for Life-Saving AEDs, U of Toronto Research Shows

U of T Engineering team creates list of top 10 businesses where placing automatic external defibrillators would save lives

Debate: Necessity of ECG Screenings in Young Athletes Still Uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C.--While ECG screenings in school-age athletes may be necessary to reduce risk for sudden cardiac death, there are questions that need to be answered about accuracy of diagnosis, two experts said in a debate held at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Resuscitation Champion Leaves Lifesaving Legacy

EUGENE, OR--Lane County firefighters are mourning the loss of one man who had a big impact on their lifesaving techniques.

Fire Captain Craig Aman from Seattle Firefighters Local 27 passed away last week. Captain Aman was a Eugene resident who commuted to Seattle. He worked closely with Eugene-Springfield Fire. His legacy lives on in Lane County.

Beginning in 2013, Captain Aman volunteered his time to train local firefighters on new cardiac arrest management. The modern technique is referred to as a pit-crew concept, meaning it's consistent and fast paced.

Captain Aman died in the line of duty from kidney cancer, which is among the long list of cancers that affect firefighters.

Michigan Medicine Launches Study of Life-Saving Resuscitation Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Even when rapidly treated, less than 10 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive, according to the American Heart Association. That’s why Michigan Medicine is launching a new study to examine the potential benefit of a life-saving resuscitation strategy for sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain and other organs within the body.

Moderate Exercise May Be Beneficial for HCM Patients

Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are urged to take it easy. But new research shows they might benefit from moderate aerobic exercise.

As one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can push patients into sedentary lifestyles. Current guidelines recommend people with HCM, the most common genetic cardiovascular disease, limit intense exercise because of concerns over triggering ventricular arrhythmias. But new Michigan Medicine research finds there may be reason to re-evaluate the guidelines.

Can Drones Deliver Emergency Defibrillators?

A drone network could be deployed to speed defibrillators to bystanders trying to help people in cardiac arrest, getting the devices to the patient faster than emergency services, a recent Canadian study suggests.

Researchers examined historical data on 53,702 cardiac arrests over 26,851 square kilometers (10,367 square miles) of rural and urban regions surrounding Toronto, Ontario, to see how drones might be deployed to get help to cardiac arrest patients more quickly than typical 911 response times.

‘Harmless’ Painkillers Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Researchers advise avoiding diclofenac and limiting ibuprofen to 1200 mg per day

Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to research published today in the March issue of European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and some, including ibuprofen, are available over the counter.

Researchers Identify Gene That Can Cause Sudden Death in Young People and Athletes

Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a new gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes.

The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which is a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death in seemingly healthy young people.

Experts Release Guidelines for Evaluating, Managing Syncope

First guidance on patients who faint will help physicians make better-informed decisions

WASHINGTON, DC--The American College of Cardiology, with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, today released a guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with syncope. The 2017 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Syncope will publish online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and HeartRhythm.

Syncope, or fainting, is caused by low blood pressure resulting in an insufficient supply of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the brain. This can happen due to several causes, some of them even due to a serious underlying medical condition. Until now, there have been no written standards outlining the best course of action to take when treating patients who faint.

Emphasizing Safety and Encouraging Success is Theme of 8th Youth Sports Safety Summit

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is one of 283 members of the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. SCA Foundation president, Mary M. Newman, MS, was among the presenters at National Athletic Trainers Association and Youth Sports Safetly Alliance Summit on March 7th in Indianapolis. "Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes during sport," she said.

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