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Report from Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest to be Released June 30 in Washington, D.C.

The public release of what could be a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest will take place on June 30 at 11 a.m. in Washington, D.C. The event will be open to the public. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges survivors and family members affected by sudden cardiac arrest, representatives of nonprofit organizations concerned about cardiac arrest, and industry representatives to participate in person or remotely.

Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young: The Molecular Autopsy and a Practical Approach to Surviving Relatives

The sudden death of a young, apparently fit and healthy person is amongst the most challenging scenarios in clinical medicine. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a devastating and tragic outcome of a number of underlying cardiovascular diseases. While coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction are the most common causes of SCD in older populations, genetic (inherited) cardiac disorders comprise a substantial proportion of SCD cases aged 40 years and less. This includes the primary arrhythmogenic disorders such as long QT syndromes and inherited cardiomyopathies, namely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In up to 30% of young SCD, no cause of death is identified at postmortem, so-called autopsy-negative or sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). Management of families following SCD begins with a concerted effort to identify the cause of death in the decedent, based on either premorbid clinical details or the pathological findings at postmortem.

NFPA's Firefighter Fatality Report Shows 64 On-Duty Deaths in 2014-- More Than Half from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO, IL--The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2014, making 2014 the third year in the past four years that the total has been below 65 deaths. According to NFPA’s U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report, the number of 2014 fatalities is a significant decrease from the 97 deaths that occurred in 2013, when two incidents combined to claim the lives of 28 firefighters. NFPA released the results during a special session at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago. 

Fewer than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

DURHAM, NC--Sudden cardiac arrest survivors age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible patients actually get a defibrillator within a year of their arrest, the study found. 

Advanced age, transitions in care between the hospital and an outpatient clinic, and a mandatory waiting period to get a defibrillator after sudden cardiac arrest were the most likely factors for low rates of use, according to the study.

Defibrillators shock hearts back to pumping when a patient experiences a potentially fatal sudden cardiac arrest. Prior studies have primarily shown benefits to using these devices in younger patients. 

Current Monitoring of Pacemakers, Defibrillators May Underestimate Device Problems

SF researchers recommend better surveillance to help determine accurate causes of sudden death.

The current monitoring of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and defibrillators may be underestimating device problems, according to UC San Francisco researchers who propose systematic methods to determine accurate causes of sudden death in those with CIEDs as well as improved monitoring for device concerns.

Their study appears online June 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Patients Test Drive Pacemaker Before Choosing Permanent Implant

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Michael Giudici, MD, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, U.S.

MILAN, ITALY--Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Michael Giudici, MD, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, U.S. The joint meeting of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and Cardiostim is held in Milan, Italy. 

Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

Patients should hold phone to opposite ear and not store phone in pocket over device. Second study advises limiting exposure to high voltage power lines.

MILAN, ITALY--Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Carsten Lennerz, MD, first author and cardiology resident in the Clinic for Heart and Circulatory Diseases, German Heart Centre, Munich, Germany.

Swift Intervention Doubles Survival Rate from Cardiac Arrest

A team of Swedish researchers finds that early cardiopulmonary resuscitation more than doubles the chance of survival for patients suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The percentage of patients who receive life-saving resuscitation has also increased substantially thanks to so-called SMS Lifesavers. These results are published simultaneously in two studies in the highly reputed New England Journal of Medicine

The two studies were conducted by researchers at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet and Södersjukhuset (Stockholm South General Hospital) in collaboration with University of Borås, Danderyd Hospital and Sahlgrenska Academy, all in Sweden. 

Mobile App Helps Save Cardiac Arrest Victims

A mobile phone app helps match people in cardiac arrest with people nearby who are trained in CPR — and a new study shows the system could help save lives.

Researchers in Sweden used a mobile notification system to locate CPR-trained volunteers in the immediate area to resuscitate people in cardiac arrest before emergency responders could arrive. The findings are published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The mobile “on-call” system they used, called SMS Lifesavers, increased the number of bystanders providing emergency CPR for victims of cardiac arrest — when the heart’s electrical system abruptly stops working — by 30 percent.

Researchers Uncover How a Faulty Gene Can Trigger Fatal Heart Condition

MANCHESTER, UK--University of Manchester research presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference has revealed how a faulty gene can cause fatal abnormal heart rhythms that are brought on by exercise.

Dangerous heart rhythms called arrhythmias, often caused by undiagnosed heart conditions, can cause sudden cardiac arrests that take the lives of seemingly healthy young men and women including sports people.

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