Archive - May 5, 2011

Archive - May 5, 2011

Life after cardiac arrest

On December 11, 2008, my husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. We were blessed to have two women at the church who were both certified in CPR. Unfortnately, they were unable to prevent an anoxic brain injury. So, in a word, life after cardiac arrest is DIFFICULT.

I joined SCA Foundation a few months ago after it was recommended to me by a friend from Pittsburgh. At the time, I was tempted to start my blog. I didn't. Instead, I put it off.

People Who Suffer SCA in Exercise Facilities Have Better Chance of Survival than Those Suffering SCA in Other Public Places

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- You stand a better chance of survival if your heart stops beating while you’re in an exercise facility than if you’re in another type of indoor public place, a new study found.

New Study Demonstrates Accurate Method of Predicting SCA in Patients with Damaged Hearts

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cambridge Heart, Inc., a developer of non-invasive diagnostic tests for cardiac disease, today announced that new data presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco confirm the diagnostic value of Microvolt T-wave Alternans (MTWA) testing in identifying patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The pooled analysis of 2,883 patients shows that MTWA is a statistically significant predictor of SCA in patients whose heart muscle is damaged (ejection fraction ≤ 35%), as well as those with more preserved cardiac function (ejection fraction > 35%).

Remembering Hans Dahll

Today would have been Hans Dahll's 87th birthday. Hans was founding CEO of Laerdal Medical, Americas. Here is an article that was published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services when Hans died in March 2006.

To Sir With Love

Hans H. Dahll: A Personal Reflection

ALTITUDE Study Shows ICD Therapy Saves Lives without Increasing Mortality from Defibrillator Shock

NATICK, Mass. and SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced results from an analysis of its ALTITUDE® Clinical Science program, which demonstrated that defibrillator therapy saves lives from lethal arrhythmias without an increase in mortality due to defibrillator shock.  Instead, the authors found that increased mortality risk associated with these shocks is not attributed to the defibrillator shock itself, but rather entirely related to the underlying medical condition leading to atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

McGill University Launches AED Program

MONTREAL--McGill University has purchased and installed 30 additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), bringing the number of AED units on its campuses to 51. The University is now urging all members of the McGill Community to familiarize themselves with the location of the defibrillators, especially those nearest to one’s regular places of work or study. More...http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2011/05/university-installs-30-new-defibrillators-on-campuses/

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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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