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Take a Step for Survival on May 16th

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be participating in the Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16th in Pittsburgh. The national nonprofit organization, based in Pittsburgh, has participated in the walk since 2011.

The 5K walk is an initiative spearheaded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to help nonprofit organizations raise funds to support their causes. Highmark underwrites all the expenses associated with the walk so that every dollar raised for a nonprofit goes directly to that organization. 

Cognitive Function and Health-Related Quality of Life Four Years After Cardiac Arrest

BERGEN, NORWAY--Neuropsychological testing has uncovered cognitive impairment in cardiac arrest survivors with good neurologic outcome according to the cerebral performance categories. Researchers from Norway investigated cognitive function and health-related quality of life four years after cardiac arrest. They evaluated 30 cardiac arrest survivors over the age of 18 in cerebral performance category 1 or 2* on hospital discharge, having them complete a battery of cognitive tests. The results were compared with population norms.

Study Assesses Safety of Sports Participation in LQTS Patients

Participation in both competitive and recreational sports may be safer than previously thought for pediatric patients with congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS), according to results of a study published April 20 in the first issue of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 

In a retrospective cohort study, researchers reviewed data from 212 LQTS patients aged 4 – 21, referred to the Pediatric Arrhythmia Clinic at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia between 1998 and 2013, to evaluate the prevalence and outcomes of sports participation. Of those patients, 103 participated in competitive or recreational sports. The primary endpoint for the study was a serious adverse event during or up to two hours after sports. At the time of diagnosis of LQTS, 57 patients (55 percent) were asymptomatic, and all patients in this series were prescribed beta-blockade. 

Should They Stay or Should They Go? Study Finds No Harm from Hospital Policies That Let Families Observe CPR

ANN ARBOR, MI--When a hospital patient's heart stops, the drama starts, as doctors and nurses work furiously at resuscitation. And at many hospitals, that's the cue for someone to pull a curtain and hurry the patient's loves ones out of the room. But some hospitals allow those family members to stay, and watch the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other attempts to save the patient’s life that the medical team makes.

Cognitive Problems Are Common After Cardiac Arrest

LUND, SWEDEN--Half of all patients who survive a cardiac arrest experience problems with cognitive functions such as memory and attention. This has been shown by a major international study led from Lund University. Surprisingly, however, a control group comprising heart attack patients had largely the same level of problems. This suggests that it is not only the cardiac arrest and the consequent lack of oxygen to the brain that is the cause of the patients’ difficulties.

The study led by Lund University involved 950 cardiac arrest patients in Europe and Australia.

Find the AED Contest

Residents asked to locate AEDs for a chance to win prizes

CUPERTINO, CA--Santa Clara County Fire Department in collaboration with the City of Cupertino, El Camino Hospital, and the PulsePoint Foundation announce the launch of the “Find the AED Contest”. Participants locate and submit photos of unregistered automated external defibrillators (AED) by using the PulsePoint AED app on their smart phone.

The contest will run from April 15 – May 15, 2015 and the top three winners who find the most AEDs in Santa Clara County Fire Department’s jurisdiction and specifically in the City of Cupertino will each receive a prize, such as an Apple Watch.

Before Your Workout, Watch for These Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs

Athlete Charles “Chuck” Hughes was born on March 2, 1943. His tragic death left us a legacy we can learn from.

He was a tremendous college football athlete at Texas Western College, now known as University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). He still holds many team records including most all-purpose yards in a single game, 4-1, and most receptions in a single game, 17. In 2006, he was inducted into the UTEP Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted him into the NFL in 1967. After three seasons he was traded to the Detroit Lions.

Hands-Only CPR Campaign Helps Save Lives

For the past three years, the American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation have been working to educate millions of Americans about Hands-Only- CPR. The campaign and mobile tour have educated over three million consumers in the lifesaving skill with the goal of preparing people to save the lives of perfect strangers…or those they love most. For Anthem’s Jerry Kertesz, VP of National Accounts, it was the latter.  

Heart Attack Risks Increase for Divorced Women

Divorced women are at higher risk of a heart attack. People who suffer heart attacks, in turn, are at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

A woman who has been through two or more divorces is at a higher risk of having a heart attack than women who remain married, according to a new study.

Even among women who remarry after the stress of divorce, their heart attack risk remains higher, according to the study published Tuesday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

The study’s lead author, Matthew Dupre, Ph.D., said the study is the first to show that divorce can have a large, lasting impact on women’s heart health — and it provides strong, growing evidence of how social stressors can hurt it.

Sudden Cardiac Death During Physical Exercise in the General Population

A recent study by Toukola et al revealed that male gender, ischemic heart disease, and myocardial scarring were findings more commonly associated with exercise-related sudden cardiac death. It was also observed that skiing, cycling and snow shoveling were frequent triggers of sudden cardiac death in the study area in northern Finland.

OULU, FINLAND--Regular physical activity has beneficial effects on delaying atherosclerosis and lowering the risk of coronary events, but exercise, particularly unaccustomed strenuous activity, can also trigger sudden cardiac death. Few large-scale autopsy studies have been performed on sudden cardiac death victims in the general population.

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