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Indie Film Goes on Hometown Tour; Pittsburgh Premiere Aims to Raise Funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Film festival circuit favorite Superior will screen at SouthSide Works Cinema before nationwide release. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation video, Together We Can Save More Lives, will debut on the big screen.

Researchers Create Model to Predict Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Based on 12 risk factors, researchers say risk for sudden cardiac arrest could be predicted.

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Each year more than 300,000 Americans will succumb to out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the immediate and unexpected cessation of the heart’s ability to function properly – one of the leading causes of death in the United States. For the first time, a team of researchers led by Rajat Deo, MD, MTR, an assistant professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed and validated a prediction model to determine sudden cardiac death risk in adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This research is detailed in a paper published in Circulation.

Genetic Tests for Potentially Fatal Heart Anomaly Can Misdiagnose Condition in Black Americans

Genetic testing has greatly improved physicians’ ability to detect potentially lethal heart anomalies among asymptomatic family members of people who suffer cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.

But a study from Harvard Medical School published in the Aug. 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shows that over the last decade these lifesaving tools may have disproportionately misdiagnosed one cardiac condition — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – in black Americans.

HCM, which affects one in 500 people, is an often-asymptomatic thickening of the heart muscle that can spark fatal arrhythmias in seemingly healthy young adults.

AED Accessibility a Barrier During Cardiac Arrest

Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf

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Dana Vollmer Overcomes Heart Condition and Successfully Competes in Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-- Dana Vollmer didn’t set the world record Sunday night. She didn’t even successfully defend her gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.

But Vollmer didn’t leave the Olympic Aquatics Stadium disappointed.

She also didn’t leave without more hardware. The 28-year-old proudly wore the bronze medal around her neck after swimming a time of 56.63 seconds. Only 17 months after giving birth to Arlen Jackson Grant and 15 months after resuming her career, it felt more like gold.

Leaky Calcium Triggers Brainstem Blackout That Results in Sudden Cardiac Death

Epilepsy is an extremely common disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants through teenagers to older adults. One of the most mysterious things about this disorder is that about 6 percent of the people with epilepsy have an unusually high incidence of sudden unexpected death. In a paper published today on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and increase the risk of sudden unexpected death.

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Link Between LQTS and Seizures

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently discovered a genetic link between Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a rare cardiac rhythm disease, and an increased risk for seizures. The study also found that people with LQTS who experience seizures are at greater risk of sudden cardiac death.

According to research published in the July 2016, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, there is a clear association between the heart and the brain of LQTS patients. Patients carrying LQTS genetic mutations were three times more likely to have experienced seizures in their past, compared to their family members who did not carry those mutations. Interestingly, LQTS patients who had a history of seizures also tended to have worse cardiac symptoms.

Survivor Video to be Shown on Big Screen at Pittsburgh Premiere of Superior

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be partnering with Beyond the Porch Productions on the Pennsylvania premiere of the award-winning Superior on August 31 in Pittsburgh. Superior is the first feature film by Edd Benda and Alex Bell, recent graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It is Edd’s debut as a writer, director and producer.

Bubble-Teers Needed

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been selected as one of two nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the BUBBLE RUN™ in Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 27th. The Foundation will have a table at the event and will provide CPR-AED demos.

According to organizers, the 5K BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across three miles of absolute fun! Waves start every three to five minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover participants from head to toe.

National Academies of Sciences Workshop Explores Ways to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

PITTSBURGH, PA--Amid enormous city-by-city variations in cardiac arrest survival rates, turning “bystanders” into “actors” who are willing to start CPR before rescuers arrive is key to saving more lives, scientific experts said at a recent workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington.
 

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