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Cardiac Arrest Defeated by Software: Incredible Discovery of the IRCCS of Milan

Brugada syndrome trigger mechanism discovered: a software can electrically reprogram cells and prevent cardiac arrest

Saving Lives with Public Access Defibrillation: A Deadly Game of Hide and Seek

Researchers from the University of Southampton recently surveyed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for public use on the “Save a Life” AED locator mobile application in and around Southampton, UK, to determine the characteristics of AED signage. They evaluated 201 AEDs and found that 67 percent of sites had no signage, and when signage was provided, it was partially or severely obstructed in 41 percent of sites.

They concluded that current AED signage is poor and limits device effectiveness, since public awareness of the location of AEDs is impeded. They recommend promoting visible signage within the operational radius of each AED.

Drinking Up to Three Cups of Coffee Per Day May Be Safe, Protective

Caffeine consumption linked to decreased rate of atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias

WASHINGTON, DC--Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages, but recent research has shown that coffee and tea are safe and can reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, according to a review published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  

Survivors, Family Members and Others Invited to Participate in Survey About ACCESS Study

Emory University is joining researchers at 20 other hospitals across the country to conduct a study called ACCESS. The co-principal Investigators are Demetris Yannopoulos, MD, of the University of Minnesota and Tom Auferheide, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Emory has asked the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to share information about the study with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, its community of survivors, family members and others, to find out what they think about the study. Community members are invited to take the survey at this link. Responses are due by May 7th.

Bereaved Family and Friends Contribute to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in Memory of Venkatesh Veeravalli

Venkatesh Veeravalli, 29, a software engineer from New Brunswick, NJ, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on February 9th, leaving behind his 25-year-old wife, his parents, and many other family members and friends.

According to his family, “Venky” had fallen asleep that evening, but then awoke with breathing difficulties. First responders worked for over an hour, trying to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator. He was later transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Unfortunately, however, he could not be resuscitated.

Family and friends were shocked and devastated, especially because Venky was “active, health conscious, and a regular at the gym.”

Genetic Variant Might Be a Better Marker for Heart Disease

CINCINNATI, OH--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have found that a newly identified subset of a known genetic variant found primarily in individuals of South Asian descent may be a better marker for carriers of heart dysfunction in this population and that individuals with this genetic variant are more likely to develop early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Idiopathic? The Importance of Comprehensive Evaluations of Survivors of Cardiac Arrest

Characteristics and clinical assessment of unexplained sudden cardiac arrest in the real-world setting: focus on idiopathic ventricular fibrillation

Recent studies have shown that in more than half of apparently unexplained sudden cardiac arrests (SCA), a specific etiology can be unmasked by a careful evaluation. A new study from the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Center (Paris-SDEC) looked at how often patients with unexplained SCA receive systematic and thorough investigation in real-world practice.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of all patients in the Paris-SDEC registry who survived to hospital discharge following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Data collection was standardized for all cases and included demographic characteristics, location of arrest, pre-hospital data, past medical history, final diagnoses, preventive measures implemented, and vital status and neurological outcome at hospital discharge.

Two New Studies Provide Insights on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

A study just presented at a medical conference in Europe reports that siblings of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) victims have a four-fold higher risk of SIDS. Researchers recommend that autopsies should be carried out on SIDS victims and that family members should undergo cardiology tests. More...

In contrast, another study, just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that genetic heart diseases cause fewer cases of SIDS than previously thought. Researchers suggest their findings may help prevent unnecessary genetic testing of surviving family members. More...

New Augmented Reality Hands-Only CPR Makes Training Life-Like and Mobile

American Heart Association develops augmented reality Hands-Only CPR training in collaboration with Google

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association has collaborated with Google to develop an augmented reality version of Hands-Only CPR training that launches today in the Association’s mobile App, My Cardiac Coach™.

The project uses new augmented reality technology developed by Google to create a life-like environment for users to learn Hands-Only CPR. Users can give a virtual person Hands-Only CPR any time, any place using their compatible Android mobile device. By simply delivering compressions at the correct rate and depth in a gaming experience, players are rated on their performance and can try to improve their score.

Siblings of SIDs Victims Have Four-Fold Risk of SIDS

Researchers say steps to avoid sibling deaths could be identified through autopsies and family screening

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Siblings of cot death victims have a four-fold higher risk of cot death, according to research presented today at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress. The 38-year study in nearly 2.5 million infants suggests that autopsies should be carried out on SIDS victims and that family members should have cardiology tests. The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death, has declined in the last 20 years following public health campaigns to avoid placing infants in the prone sleeping position and not to smoke during pregnancy or near infants.

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