Archive - May 2011

Archive - May 2011

May 9th

It's Time to Put the "Public" in Public Defibrillation

Many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Boston, MA (PRWEB)--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are the best—and often last—hope for people who collapse when their hearts lapse into a fast, irregular, and deadly heartbeat known as ventricular fibrillation. These shock-delivering devices are becoming a standard fixture in airports, malls, casinos, office buildings, and other public places. They are so easy to use, and the directions on them are so clear and straightforward, that school kids can learn to use them. Yet, according to the May 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Genetic Defects May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

Sudden cardiac death is always a shocking, tragic event, especially when it occurs at a young age. But, for the first time, scientists are unraveling how genetic defects can help predict the risk of dying suddenly in individuals with one of the leading causes of this unfortunate phenomenon.

This knowledge could guide treatment and potentially lessen the occurrence of sudden cardiac death in patients with Long QT syndrome, a rare, inherited heart rhythm disorder. It could also provide insight into the assessment and treatment of the millions of people who experience cardiac arrhythmias – irregular heart rhythms that cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow and can lead to sudden death if not corrected.

Study: Heart Screening in Schools is Feasible and Affordable

SAN FRANCISCO -- A program that screened all students at a Chicago-area school for heart problems was clinically successful, but drew criticism for its broad scope and expected costs.

Among the more than 50,000 teens screened with electrocardiograms at school through the program, 2.16% showed significant abnormalities that required further follow up, Joseph C. Marek, MD, of the Midwest Heart Foundation in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and colleagues reported.

"It's feasible to do," Marek noted during his presentation at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting.

FDA Elevates Level of AED Recall

WASHINGTON -- The FDA has elevated the status of a recall of a semi-automatic external defibrillator series to class I -- the agency's most serious -- because of a defect that cancels the shock it is meant to deliver.

Manufacturer Defibtech said in a statement that the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED brands of the DDU-100 series with 2.004 software and earlier may fail to provide therapy to patients as the device cancels its shock while charging.

The devices may also cancel a shock-ready charge in high humidity and condensing conditions.

ARC Rolls Out New CPR-AED Training Program for Professionals

 

The American Red Cross has rolled out the next generation of its CPR and AED training for professional rescuers and health care providers -- those with a duty to act. They include EMS personnel, firefighters, athletic trainers, and lifeguards. The CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is a 5.5-hour course updated to match the 2010 AHA guidelines for CPR and using an automated external defibrillator.

It includes:

May 5th

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.

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