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Survivor Mike Papale to Appear on PBS to Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

Mike PapaleHAMDEN, CT and PITTSBURGH, PA – Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Director of Operations Mike Papale, along with his mother Joan Papale, will be interviewed for the television show Second Opinion on June 12 at a studio in downtown Rochester, NY, to discuss sudden cardiac arrest and help raise awareness by sharing his story. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation facilitated the connection between Papale and Second Opinion.

AHA Keeps the Beat A Capella Style With New Hands-Only™ CPR Training Video

DALLAS, TX-- In only one minute, you can learn how to save a life. Trust us, it's worth your time, because 70 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so the life you save is likely to be someone you know and love. The American Heart Association says Hands-Only CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival and is as effective as CPR with breaths. 

Even Olympic Athletes Have Cardiac Abnormalities and May Be at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Screening study of more than 2,000 elite athletes reveals 'surprisingly' high prevalence of cardiovascular abnormalities

Activity After ICD Implantation May Predict Survival

Study Highlights

  • Patients who stayed active following ICD implantation had better survival rates.
  • Information collected by ICD devices may one day help clinicians identify and help patients at higher risk for adverse outcomes.

DALLAS, TX--Patients who had higher activity levels following ICD implantation had better survival, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The research will be simultaneously presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2015 Scientific Sessions.

Walk the Walk

As the May 16th Walk for a Healthy Community approaches, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is looking to survivors of the potentially fatal condition of sudden cardiac arrest to tell their stories and demonstrate that so many lives can be saved if more people take the initiative to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

David Goldberg’s Death May Have Been Due to Heart Rhythm Disorder

New details are emerging about tech mogul David Goldberg’s cause of death. He was the husband of Facebook’s executive Sheryl Sandberg.

Autopsy results suggest that 47-year-old David Goldberg had a heart arrhythmia. This may have caused him to fall while working out, leading to his fatal head injury on Friday.

While vacationing with family in Mexico, David Goldberg collapsed at a gym and died after suffering severe head trauma and blood loss.

Goldberg was the chief executive operator of SurveyMonkey, an online survey company valued at $2 billion.

The husband of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, they were one of the tech industry’s highest profile couples.

“This is a huge loss for Silicon Valley. It’s by far the biggest loss since Steve Jobs,” said Marc Benioff, family friend and tech executive.

Bystander CPR May Help Cardiac Arrest Survivors Return to Work

In a study from Denmark, victims of cardiac arrest who got cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander were more likely to eventually return to work.

Researchers studied 4,354 workers who had cardiac arrests outside of a hospital between 2001 and 2011. While just 796, or 18 percent, were alive 30 days later, about three in four of the survivors were able to go back to work.

Chances of return to work were 38 percent higher if a bystander performed CPR than if they didn't. 

"That more than 75 percent of all survivors were capable of returning to work is a remarkable result," lead study author Dr. Kristian Kragholm, of Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University in Denmark and a fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. "It is even more laudable that the survivors were able to earn the same salary as before their arrest."

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Increases the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

People suffering from the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to new research published online today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal [1].

Cardiovascular Screening for Young Athletes: A Continuing Controversy

Researchers Kimberly G. Harmon, MD, and Jonathan A. Drezner, MD, from the University of Washington have challenged the position taken by Barry Maron, MD, and colleagues of the Minneapolis Heart Institute in a letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association published on April 28.

They state: "In a Viewpoint on cardiovascular screening, Dr. Maron and colleagues argued that sudden cardiac death in athletes is rare, and therefore resources should be directed away from cardiovascular screening and toward other public health initiatives. Examples from Denmark were used to support the case. We assert that the statistical comparisons presented were not accurate.

Two Treatments Yield Similar Results for Children After Cardiac Arrest

NIH-funded research finds therapeutic hypothermia no more effective than normal temperature control

A large-scale, multicenter study has shown that emergency body cooling does not improve survival rates or reduce brain injury in infants and children with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest more than normal temperature control.

Therapeutic hypothermia, or whole body cooling, can improve survival and health outcomes for adults after cardiac arrest and also for newborns with brain injury due to a lack of oxygen at birth. But, until now, this treatment has not been studied in infants or children admitted to hospitals with cardiac arrest.

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