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Researchers Find That Electrical Function May Be Restored In Damaged Heart Tissue

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--A Dalhousie Medical School researcher has discovered that scar tissue, like that caused by a heart attack, can maintain electrical function in damaged regions of the heart.

NCDR Study Shows High Survival Rate For Elderly Patients With ICDs

Almost 80 percent of patients over age 65 who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal arrhythmia survived two years, according to a study published Jan. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, and colleagues used data from ACC’s ICD Registry to examine 12,420 Medicare beneficiaries undergoing an ICD implantation after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal ventricular arrhythmia, between 2006 and 2009 in almost 1,000 U.S. hospitals.

Physio-Control Launches Voluntary Field Action for LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

REDMOND, WA--Physio-Control announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action for the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator due to reported instances where the device has shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment.

St. Jude Medical Announces Cybersecurity Updates

ST. PAUL, MN--As part of its commitment to continuous improvement and the security of its electronic devices, today St. Jude Medical, Inc. announced that it will immediately deploy the latest release of cyber security updates for its Merlin™ remote monitoring system that is used with implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices. The improvements include security updates that complement the company’s existing measures and further reduce the extremely low cyber security risks.

Bystander CPR May Boost Survival Odds When Ambulance Delayed

Cardiac arrest patients who get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander at the scene may have better survival odds even when an ambulance takes a long time to arrive, a Danish study suggests.

Researchers examined data on 7,623 cardiac arrest patients and found when an ambulance arrived within five minutes of a 911 call, patients were 2.3 times more likely to survive at least 30 days if they received bystander CPR than if they didn't get this aid at the scene.

Union Bank, American Heart Association Take Home Judges’ Special Trophy for Rose Parade® Float Keep the Beat Alive

The award-winning float celebrated a new law that requires most California high school students to undergo CPR training; Amazing stories tell how CPR saves lives

LOS ANGELES--Union Bank and the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate were named “Judges’ Special Trophy” winners for their 2017 Rose Parade® float, Keep the Beat Alive. The Judges’ Special Trophy is presented to the float with “outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact.”

Heart-Related Deaths Spike at Christmas

Study Highlights

  • Heart-related deaths spike around Christmas, and the effect may not be because of the cold winter season.
  • Using data from New Zealand allowed researchers to separate any “winter effect” from a “holiday effect.”
  • More research is needed to determine the cause for the increase during the Christmas season.

DALLAS, TX — Heart-related deaths spike during Christmas, but the effect may have nothing to do with the cold winter season, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Exploring Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: Proceedings of a Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC--Cardiac arrest often strikes seemingly healthy individuals without warning and without regard to age, gender, race, or health status. Following the release of the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) consensus report, Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act, eight sponsors asked the Health and Medicine Division to hold a workshop to assemble diverse stakeholders who would explore the barriers and opportunities for advancing the IOM recommendations. The workshop brought together diverse stakeholders to explore common ground and different approaches to advance the field of resuscitation and the treatment of cardiac arrest, building on recommendations included in the 2015 IOM report.

New Report Outlines 10 Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Clinical Performance and Quality Measures

WASHINGTON--A new report presents 10 quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders—including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as healthcare practitioners, patients, families and communities—in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death. The joint report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is published online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death due to the sudden cessation of cardiac activity, which is also known as sudden cardiac arrest. The two phrases are often used interchangeably; however, sudden cardiac death should only be used to describe fatal events.

CPR Survivor and Actress/Recording Artist Ilisa Juried to Appear on Rose Parade® Float Keep the Beat Alive

The float celebrates a new law that requires CPR training of most California high school students; amazing float rider stories tell how CPR saves lives

LOS ANGELES, CA--Union Bank and the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate announced today that Ilisa Juried will appear on their float Keep the Beat Alive in the 2017 Rose Parade® presented by Honda on Jan. 2. The singer/songwriter/actress will take center stage and appear in the float’s heart-shaped DJ booth surrounded by CPR survivors and teens who saved lives with CPR. The float’s mission is to encourage everyone, especially youth, to learn CPR.

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