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Senior Doctors Expose 'Scandal' of Pacemaker Battery Life

The battery life of implantable heart monitors must be improved to reduce the need for replacement and the risks this carries for patients, argue two senior doctors in The BMJ today.

Cardiologists John Dean and Neil Sulke say over half of patients with pacemakers will need new batteries and many need several replacements. 

Not only is money wasted replacing batteries before they've expired, this "exposes patients to risk of serious complications, including life threatening infection," they warn.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to Research from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation- News Release

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve, a market research firm, has conducted a national baseline study to determine public awareness and understanding of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Mary Newman, MS, president and co-founder of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, and Jennifer Chap, co-founder of StrataVerve, presented study results at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in San Diego in December

Living in High-Rise Buildings Associated with Lower Survival Rates from Cardiac Arrest

Study recommends improving the accessibility of AEDs

Cedars-Sinai Physician Developing Risk Assessment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Goal is to predict those at risk for deadly heart condition that accounts for 50 percent of all cardiovascular deaths in U.S.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to a New Study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

A new study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research, reveals that although sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., it is not on the radar screen for most consumers. Researchers call for development of a clear, uniform, consumer-friendly definition of sudden cardiac arrest emphasizing its urgency and differentiating it from heart attack, and messaging that stresses the fact that SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

How To Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival in Three Easy Steps

WASHINGTON--Although survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital are extremely low in most places, emergency physicians propose three interventions to improve survival rates and functional outcomes in any community and urge additional federal funding for cardiac resuscitation research in an editorial published online last Wednesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("IOM Says Times to Act to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival ... Here's How"). 

Medical First: Discovery of Warning Symptoms for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Opens New Window of Opportunity for Prevention

Study shows more than half of those who have a sudden cardiac arrest ignore key symptoms even though medical intervention could save lives

LOS ANGELES--More than half of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest ignore symptoms occurring up to a month prior to the usually fatal heart rhythm malfunction even though medical intervention potentially could save their lives, according to new research published by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

You Can Save a Life. Please Donate Today.

Ten years ago, several colleagues, who were passionate about saving lives, established the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We were driven by a conviction that tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest and the critical importance of immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Bystander Mike Vanneman Wins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's 2015 'People Saving People Award'

Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has been named recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation 2015 'People Saving People Award,' which recognizes bystanders who help sudden cardiac arrest victims by calling 911, giving CPR, and using automated external defibrillators. Remarkably, Vanneman saved two lives in eight months.

Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has won the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation prestigious 2015 'People Saving People Award' for saving the life of Ira Gura, 76, who collapsed suddenly from cardiac arrest at Mineta San José International Airport on April 19, 2015.

FDA Approves Wearable Defibrillator for Children at Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new indication for the LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator. The LifeVest is approved for certain children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, but are not candidates for an implantable defibrillator due to certain medical conditions or lack of parental consent.

While many automated external defibrillators (which require a second person to operate them) have been cleared for use in children, LifeVest is the only one worn by the patient and monitors the heart continuously for abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms (arrhythmias). LifeVest responds automatically if it senses the need to deliver a shock, restoring a life-sustaining heartbeat.

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