Archive - May 2008

Archive - May 2008

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May 6th

Sudden Cardiac Death: Who's at Risk

May 6, 2008­–Sudden cardiac death can often be prevented with an implantable defibrillator in people known to be at high danger. These include survivors of a heart attack, people with severe heart failure, and certain rare genetic abnormalities of the heart's electrical system. But defibrillators can't be implanted in everybody who might die suddenly.

Who is most likely to suffer a sudden death? A recent study from Germany has raised serious doubts about the common assumption that sudden death most often strikes unexpectedly and at random in apparently healthy men.

Ridgefield Earns HEARTsafe Award

 May 6, 2008­–RIDGEFIELD, CT–Ridgefield on Monday became the 20th town in the state of Connecticut to receive a HEARTSafe Community award. The award came from the state Department of Public Health, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the American Heart Association. It was presented to Fire Chief Heather Burford by Gary St. Amand, the state health department’s Health Program Associate in the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

ADHD? Get Tested Before Using Meds

May 6, 2008–Children should have their hearts checked before starting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The medications used to treat ADHD are stimulant medications that can get the heart rate and blood pressure racing. Between 1999 and 2004, 19 children taking ADHD medications have died suddenly. Others have had strokes, cardiac arrest and heart palpitations.

The AHA recommends children and adolescents be screened before taking medication, including getting an electro-cardiogram (ECGs). Any child already taking the medications should be tested.

No Stray Bullet

Jerry Vauk Jr., Austin, TX – 38 at the time of the event (2008)

Jerry VaukSaturday morning, Jerry sets off to test the bike route to his new workplace, two miles from home. He never got there. He doesn’t know why. In fact he can’t even remember the Friday before. He’s lucky to be able to tell the story. So very lucky, now he’s a survivor of the nation’s number one killer. He had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was found collapsed, under his bike, half on the sidewalk, half on the road.

Two men in a truck saw him and called 9-1-1. A nurse on her way to jazzercise class saw their truck blocking the lane and stopped to help administer CPR. No one else passed by while they waited for the emergency services.

May 5th

2,000 AEDs Donated in Ontario

May 05, 2008 –BARRIE, Ontario­–The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Restart a Heart, Restart a Life AED Program and the Heart and Stroke Chase McEachern Tribute Fund have reached a significant milestone. The foundation announced Friday 2,000 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been allocated to municipalities across Ontario.

The original goal was to allocate 1,000 in five years, but the foundation surpassed its goal by 100 per cent in just two years. Rocco Rossi, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, said it showed people are working to make Chase McEachern’s dream a reality.

Today is fantastic, and truly is a testament to the power of dreams to overcome any obstacle, and the power of dreams to overcome even death. In particular, the power of a dream of one special young boy,” he said.

May 1st

Florida Bill Protects Employers from Lawsuits

May 1, 2008 –ORLANDO–Florida legislators on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier for businesses that deploy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to get immunity from lawsuits. The measure (SB 564) ensures that an employer who acquires a defibrillator is protected from lawsuits even if it did not provide appropriate training to employees, as long as the device is equipped with audible or visual instructions. The subject of defibrillator immunity gained prominence following the death late last year of a tourist who suffered a heart attack while riding Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both the House and Senate approved the bill unanimously, and it now heads to Gov. Charlie Crist.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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