Archive - Oct 22, 2012

Archive - Oct 22, 2012


Middle-Aged Male Runners at Higher Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death During Marathons

The risk for sudden cardiac arrest during marathons is small. However, a new study indicates that the last three miles are the most dangerous, especially for males (average age of 49)Most people who survived (17/20) were treated quickly with defibrillators. The take home message: (1) Get checked by your physician before participating in a marathon. (2) Ensure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, especially toward the end of the race, and potential rescuers are trained in their use. [SCA Foundation commentary]

Marathons are notorious for causing cardiac problems since they put such great physical strain on the body. 

Now scientists have pinpointed who is most at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and when during the race they are most likely to fall ill.

Can Energy Drinks Cause Sudden Cardiac Death?

Parents sue Monster after Dec. 23, 2011 death of 14-year-old, attributing it to “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.”

Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST)’s energy drinks have been cited in the deaths of five people in the past year, according to incident reports that doctors and companies submit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

The five reports received by the agency said the victims consumed Monster drinks prior to their deaths, Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman, said today in a telephone interview. The agency said the incidents, which are voluntarily reported, are considered to be allegations, and no conclusion is drawn until a full investigation is completed. Monster shares tumbled by as much as 10 percent. 

ICDs Are Not a Luxury

Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include ICDs, are underused in parts of Europe. Conclusions of the ICD for Life Summit held in Belgrade, Serbia.

Wireless Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

A heart defibrillator remotely controlled by a villainous hacker to trigger a fatal heart attack? It may only happen in the movies, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) doesn’t want to take any chances.

In a recent report from the GAO, the non-partisan agency, which investigates issues for Congress, says the threat that hackers could manipulate heart defibrillators and other remotely controlled medical devices to fatal ends is real enough for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action.

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