Archive - Jan 2012

Archive - Jan 2012

January 20th

RI Hospital: Estrogen Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

RI Hospital researchers get new look at what causes Sudden Cardiac Death

Providence, RI--One of two new studies from Rhode Island Hospital’s Cardiovascular Research Center directly links sex hormones for the first time to arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death (SCD). 

The second study identifies differential conditions and cellular mechanisms that can trigger SCD when a genetic disorder known as Long QT Syndrom (LQTS)  is a factor. Both studies use a first-ever genetic animal model the researchers developed in 2008 to further their understanding of LQTS. Their findings are published in the Journal of Physiology and the HeartRhythm Journal.

Sex hormones and Sudden Cardiac Death

January 19th

World's Largest AED Training Session Held in Singapore

SINGAPORE--About 5,000 people yesterday broke the record for the world's largest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training session, which marked the second National Life Saving Day here.

The feat came with a serious message: That learning how to use the AED may save lives. This, as about 1,400 people collapse out of hospital each year in Singapore, with only about 20 per cent receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first few minutes.

Most of them also do not get an AED used on them in those vital first few minutes. Studies show that the use of CPR and the AED may increase survival rates of cardiac arrest patients by more than 50 per cent.

The event was organized by the Singapore Heart Foundation, the National Resuscitation Council, and partners such as the Institute of Technical Education, Nanyang Polytechnic, People's Association and Singapore Sports Council. 

SOURCE: Today Online

Paramedics Can Perform CPR Well While Sitting in Ambulance

Rescuers performing chest compressions in a moving ambulance should sit down instead of standing, experts now advise.

A recent trial showed that paramedics can do chest compressions comparably well in both positions, but they themselves are safer when they are seated with seat belts.

Researchers had 14 emergency medical technicians and paramedics perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin in a moving ambulance, 150 chest compressions in both seated and standing positions.

While seated, the average compression depth was 5cm at an average rate of 120 per minute, with 92% full chest recoil. While standing, the average compression depth was 5.5cm at a rate of 123 per minute with 82% full recoil.

Compressing is too deep when standing

SCA Survivor and H.S. Basketball Star Returns to the Court

MINNEAPOLIS--Almost exactly a year after collapsing on the court with cardiac arrest, Perham (Minn.) High basketball star Zach Gabbard made an emotional return to compete in his first varsity basketball game of the 2011-12 season.

As noted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Fargo-Moorhead Forum, Gabbard was brought in during the closing minutes of Perham's 81-23 walloping of Park Rapids (Minn.) High on Tuesday, earning his first game action since collapsing on court during a game against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (Minn.) High in early 2011.

"There was a standing ovation from both crowds," Perham coach Dave Cresap told the Forum. "It was awesome. My emotions were scared, because I am responsible for him being out there, but I was also filled with joy."

January 18th

Pillow Talk: First AHA Advice on Sex and Heart Disease

Houston, TX - New advice indicates that sexual activity is safe for the majority of heart disease patients and that doctors—as well as patients and their partners—should endeavor to bring up the subject of sex in discussions [1]. The guidance comes from the first-ever American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement to address the issue, which is published online today in Circulation.

Lawsuit Filed Against Fitness Center for Failing to Use AED on SCA Victim

EDWARDSVILLE, IL--An Alton man has filed suit against the owners of Nautilus Fitness Center in Alton, claiming the facility failed to have the proper heart resuscitation equipment on hand when the plaintiff had a sudden cardiac arrest.

Trent Rice claims the center disobeyed a state law by failing to have on hand an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is required under Illinois law. The suit filed in Madison County Circuit Court claims Rice was working out at the facility when he collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest.

The suit claims Rice suffered permanent injuries to his heart and brain that could have been averted. Rice has a court-appointed guardian, Cindy Rice, who is pursuing the suit in his behalf.

The attorney for Nautilus said the facility actually did have the required equipment, but Rice fell off the back of a treadmill and landed face-down.

"He was a fairly large man," the attorney said.

January 17th

Hockey Players to be Recognized for Lifesaving Actions

Kirkwood, MO--The Kirkwood City Council will recognize a group of hockey players whose prompt and decisive action saved the life of a fellow player during a game at the Kirkwood Ice Rink.

The Jaguars and the Renegades, of the Hockey North America League, were playing at the rink Nov. 14 when the Renegade's goaltender collapsed at 10:14 p.m., according to a statement from the City of Kirkwood.

Ice rink manager Mike Krafft quickly called 911. Brian Robinson, of the Jaguars, performed CPR on the victim while Craig Merrifield, of the Renegades, retrieved a public access automated external defibrillator (AED). Don Guenther, of the Jaguars, who was trained in using an AED, applied the device. Following audio instructions from the machine, Guenther delivered two shocks to restart the victim's heart. Robinson continued CPR between shocks and until paramedics arrived, the city says.

January 15th

Study: Intraosseous Vascular Access May Be Used for Therapeutic Hypothermia

SAN ANTONIO--The results of a study comparing whether Intraosseous (IO) vascular access may be used to infuse chilled saline as effectively as peripheral intravenous (IV) access to achieve therapeutic hypothermia found no statistical difference between the two routes. The findings were announced on January 12 at an oral presentation at the National Association of EMS Physicians 2012 Annual Meeting by Dr. Larry J. Miller and the Science and Clinical team from Vidacare Corporation, makers of the EZ-IO Intraosseous Infusion System.

Pediatricians Split on Heart Tests Before Kids' ADHD Meds

About 15 percent order EKGs; recent studies say drugs don't pose heart risk

Some pediatricians continue to do electrocardiograms (EKGs) on children before starting them on medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, new research suggests, even though many experts say the latest evidence shows it isn't really necessary.

Several years ago, reports of sudden death, heart attack and stroke among children and adults taking stimulants to treat ADHD caused alarm among parents and health care providers about the safety of the medications.

The reports prompted Canadian health authorities to briefly pull Adderall from the market in 2005, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires that ADHD drugs carry a "black box" label warning about potential heart risks.

January 13th

I Have A Dream--To Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Actor Manages to Avoid Final Curtain Call

MINNEAPOLIS--Under the bright lights of Mixed Blood Theater, Warren Bowles is right at home.

He’s graced its stage for the last 40 years, but Saturday’s performance of “Dr. King’s Dream,” a role he’s played nearly 1,000 times, is in its own way a first.

“It makes me feel good to be back in the theater working,” said Bowles, an actor who went into cardiac arrest on stage.

The last time Warren was on stage at Mixed Blood Theater was in September. It was opening night for the play, “Neighbors,” and he was about to give a very unscripted performance.

“The stage manager knew something was wrong because I was a little far back stage. The light was hitting me at my legs instead of hitting up and I know enough to hit my light. That was very strange to him,” said Bowles.

A sudden cardiac arrest upstaged Warren.

“They say I stopped and just went over backwards,” he said.

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