Archive - May 2008

Archive - May 2008

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May 30th

National CPR-AED Awareness Week: Congress Encourages Everyone to Learn CPR/AED

May 30, 2008­–WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congress has set aside June 1-7 as the first annual National CPR/AED Awareness Week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. In the declaration, Congress is asking states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible.

During this week, CPR-AED training organizations across the country will conduct CPR/AED classes and demonstrations, host events, and provide educational information on the importance of CPR and AED training.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of more than 166,000 people in this country every year. Ninety-four percent of people who suffer SCA die before reaching a hospital. If ordinary people act immediately with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED), instead of just waiting for help to arrive, many thousands of lives can be saved every year.

May 28th

Americans Lack Confidence in Lifesaving Skills for Common Cardiac Emergency

May 28, 2008–DALLAS, May 28–Most Americans don’t believe they could perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help save a life in a cardiac emergency, according to a recent American Heart Association survey. View full survey results here - View fact sheet here. In an online survey of more than 1,100 adults, 89 percent said they were willing and able to do something to help if they witnessed a medical emergency. Yet only 21 percent were confident they could perform CPR, and only 15 percent believed they could use an AED in an emergency. More than half of those surveyed didn’t recognize an AED in a typical setting.

May 19th

Young Baltimore Athletes to be Screened for Risk for Sudden Heart Death

May 19, 2008­–Baltimore, MD–Volunteer heart experts at Johns Hopkins have embarked on what is believed to be the largest single-day event to date to screen young athletes in the United States for early signs of life- threatening defects in the body’s blood-pumping organ.

The medics are scheduled to test the hearts of more than 1,000 athletes, males and females age 16 to 18, attending the 2008 track and field championship games of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The event is taking place in Baltimore at Morgan State University, at what the Johns Hopkins team has dubbed the first-ever Heart Hype program.

OHSU Begins Community Study on Victims of Cardiac Arrest

May 19, 2008 ­– Portland OR –

Study will be conducted by paramedics at the scene of a person's collapse

May 15th

SCA and Heart Attack: Understanding the Difference

It’s a common misconception that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are the same thing. In reality, they are quite different.

Understanding the difference could save your life—or the life of someone you love.

HEART ATTACK: A "PLUMBING PROBLEM”

The Person is Awake and the Heart is Beating

Heart attack (the medical term is myocardial infarction or MI) occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is reduced or blocked, causing the heart muscle to become injured or die. The person is awake (conscious) and may complain of one or more of the signs and symptoms of heart attack.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.

Back from the Dead: What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

First Year Data from the SCA Survivor Registry,™ An Initiative of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

May 15, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – One year ago, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation launched the SCA Survivor Registry™, the nation’s first online registry for people who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)—and lived to tell about it. Information submitted by 171 registrants offers a glimpse into the small community of rare individuals who beat the odds and survived this national killer.

A review of information about survivors in the registry, released at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco, shows:

May 13th

Survivor and Spouse Crusade to Save More Lives in Iowa

May 13, 2008 – HUMESTON, IA ­– Students, staff, and visitors at any school building in Wayne County, Iowa, are now a little more protected from the number-one killer of Americans--sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)---and soon all the citizens of Wayne County in rural south central Iowa will be a little safer.

After Butch Gibbs of Humeston suffered SCA in his home on April 2, 2004, and was saved by his wife, Susie’s immediate start of CPR and the quick arrival of the Humeston First Responders with their automated external defibrillator (AED), the couple began promoting the use of CPR and AEDs. 

There has to be a reason I survived,” said Butch Gibbs, “and I believe that reason is to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing how to do CPR and how to use an AED so that others may have the same chance I did.”

May 9th

Why AEDs Should Go to School

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) happens to kids as well as adults. A simple device known as an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save lives, but only if it’s in the right place at the right time

We see it in the news nearly every day. A young student, frequently an athlete, dies suddenly from cardiac arrest. Soon after, the school system develops an AED program in memory of the student.

Why wait for a tragedy? Do schools in your community have AEDs? If they don’t the time to get them is now.

It’s not just the headlines about sudden death in young people that are causing an increased interest in school CPR-AED programs. People are beginning to recognize that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States—and it can also affect children and adolescents. And they’re starting to understand that there is a treatment for it: the quick combination of CPR and defibrillation.

May 8th

Dentists in Scotland to Get AEDs

May 8, 2008–The prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has compelled main street dentists in Scotland to install defibrillators in their offices to speed up aid to patients who suffer from the condition. 

NHS Lothian, which provides healthcare in Edinborough, has been awarded £55,000 to buy 52 defibrillators so that dentists and dental nurses can be trained to use the devices in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“As many dental practices are located centrally in high streets, they have the potential to make a huge difference to someone suffering from cardiac arrest,” said Brenda Cottam, the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) community resuscitation coordinator in Scotland.

The scheme could be extended to all of Scotland after results are assessed, said Public Health Minister Shona Robison.

May 7th

A Heart Too Good to Die

Jeremy has published a book called A Heart Too Good to Die - A shocking story of Sudden Cardiac Arrest This suspenseful true story of modern day reanimation shares the shock and grief of life's fragility. It also describes, in layman's terms, the medicine of survival and the miracles required. It is an enticing and easily read story of a serious medical emergency, covering the emotions and issues of sudden cardiac arrest as well as providing relevant factual/clinical details. Foreword by David. A. Rubin, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. www.heart2good.com Some of the praise received so far...

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