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Postmortem Genetic Testing Could Help Explain Sudden Cardiac Death Early in Life

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine reports today.

“Sudden cardiac death in children and young adults has a devastating impact on families, care providers and the community,” says Professor Chris Semsarian, who led the multinational study.

“It’s a tragedy that claims the lives of two to three young Australians each week.

Gender Gap Found in Cardiac Arrest Care, Outcomes

Study Highlights

  • Women treated at a hospital after cardiac arrest may be less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures.
  • The number of cardiac arrest patients treated at hospitals increased and in-hospital death rates have fallen for both sexes, however women were less likely to survive, according to a new study.

DALLAS, TX — Women who have a cardiac arrest are less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures such as angiography to look for blocked coronary arteries or angioplasty to open them, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Shared Decision-Making Allows Some Athletes with Heart Condition to Compete

No significant difference between well-treated athletes, non-athletes with genetic condition

WASHINGTON, DC--People with a rare genetic heart condition who are currently disqualified from most sports due to a risk of sudden cardiac death may be able to safely participate in athletics as long as they are well treated and well informed, according to a study published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is often discovered in young athletes following a cardiac event during athletic participation. CPVT causes irregular heartbeats, or ventricular arrhythmias, which can lead to fainting, seizure and sudden cardiac death.

Greater Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA, Firefighters to Compete in Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Hockey Game to Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Greater Pittsburgh area firefighters will compete with Johnstown, PA, firefighters in the inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic on June 25 in Pittsburgh. Proceeds will support the nonprofit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The public is invited.

The Bride Saved the Day

PITTSBURGH, PA -- A new bride didn’t let her white gown stop her from reviving a woman who was unconscious on a bench in Pittsburgh.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian and a 2014 graduate of Otterbein’s nursing program, was walking in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday night after her wedding reception when she and others from her wedding party saw the ailing woman.

“We were just about to go through the doors,” Julie told KDKA-TV, “and then we heard somebody scream, ‘Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor’?’”

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Families & Advocates Meeting Scheduled for June 25 in Pittsburgh

Meeting to precede the inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Challenge

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Southwestern Pennsylvania Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will meet on Saturday, June 25 at 5:00 pm at the RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh. Sudden cardiac arrest survivors, their families, and other advocates are invited to attend.

The meeting will take place before the inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Challenge. Pittsburgh area firefighters and firefighters from Johnstown, PA, will compete in a hockey game to raise funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The faceoff will take place at 7:00 pm.

CPR Training Kiosk Unveiled at BWI Airport

BALTIMORE, MD--Travelers who have time to spare before their flight departs can learn Hands-Only CPR in about five minutes at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), where a new interactive kiosk at Gate B7 will teach this effective bystander CPR skill. BWI Airport is one of five U.S.

AHA Launches New Campaign to Increase Bystander CPR Among Latino Millennials

Video debuts with Anthem Foundation's support during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

DALLAS, TX--Latino millennials, the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States, take center stage in a new video released today to teach them how to save a life using Hands-Only CPR. The video, produced by the American Heart Association (AHA) in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., showcases Hands-Only CPR, a two-step, easy-to-learn lifesaving technique.

Regional Variation in OHCA Survival in the U.S.

A peer-reviewed article utilizing CARES data entitled "Regional Variation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival in the United States" was recently published in Circulation. The abstract and PubMed link can be found below. 

BACKGROUND: 
Although previous studies have shown marked variation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival across U.S. regions, factors underlying this survival variation remain incompletely explained. 

A Personalized Virtual Heart Predicts the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

New technology finds patients who are more likely to face lethal arrythmias

When electrical waves in the heart run amok in a condition called arrhythmia, sudden death can occur. To save the life of a patient at risk, doctors currently implant a small defibrillator to sense the onset of arrhythmia and jolt the heart back to a normal rhythm. But a thorny question remains: How should doctors decide which patients truly need an invasive, costly electrical implant that is not without health risks of its own?

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