Archive - Jan 2012

Archive - Jan 2012

January 11th

Genetic SCA Screening Test on the Horizon

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- GnuBIO, Inc., a pioneer in scalable desktop DNA sequencing and the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) have announced today that they will complete the development of a genetic panel in order to screen patients to determine the risk for sudden cardiac death, SCD. The MHI will work with GnuBIO to develop and validate a proprietary set of clinically relevant SCD genes in its collection of SCD patients using GnuBIO's scalable desktop DNA sequencing system. The result will be a clinically validated test the can be used to assess the risk of SCD in susceptible patients on a sequencing platform that will significantly reduce the time from patient to result. Financial details and royalties were not disclosed.

SCA Risk During Marathons Low, But Rising

Risk Higher for Men, College Athletes

The risk of cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon is low, but has increased over the past decade, according to a U.S. study of nearly 11 million race entries.

Men face a greater risk than women, and full marathons are more dangerous than half marathons, with enlarged hearts and blocked arteries pegged as the biggest causes, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The results suggest that runners and their doctors need to realize that heart disease can take its toll even on runners who otherwise seem to be the picture of health, said co-author Aaron Baggish of Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Being a runner is one of the best ways to stay healthy and reduce your risk of disease. But it's not 100 percent protective," Baggish told Reuters Health.

January 10th

Nick of Time Foundation Conducts Heart Screenings

BOTHELL, WA--It is unthinkable that two seemingly healthy high school students would collapse and die from sudden cardiac arrest, yet that's exactly what's happened.

In just the past month, two Washington teenagers died from sudden cardiac arrest.

Cody Sherrell, a 14-year-old from La Center, collapsed at basketball practice and later died.

And a month earlier, 15-year-old John Hayes suffered cardiac arrest on the school bus on the way home from Richland High School.

Stories like those spur on volunteers from the Nick of Time Foundation, named for another seemingly healthy teenager who died from a heart condition.

On Wednesday they hosted a heart screening clinic at Bothell High School.

Mom Kerry Godwin was there, looking on anxiously as her son, Connor, had an echocardiogram.

"Hoping that it's normal and it comes out normal," she said during the ultrasound.

9-1-1 Dispatchers Can Save More Lives By Coaching Bystanders in CPR

Statement Highlights:

  • Dispatchers should help 9-1-1 callers identify cardiac arrest victims and coach callers to provide immediate CPR.
  • If more dispatchers followed these processes, thousands of lives could be saved every year.
  • Communities should regularly evaluate 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers’ performance and the overall emergency response system, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

DALLAS — More people will survive sudden cardiac arrest when 9-1-1 dispatchers help bystanders assess victims and begin CPR immediately, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

NJ Assemblyman Dies Suddenly in Statehouse

Gov. Christie Postpones State of the State Address

TRENTON, N.J. — Grieving New Jersey lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin a new legislative session with a low-key swearing-in ceremony as they mourned the death of a Republican leader who collapsed at the Statehouse the night before. Gov. Chris Christie planned to deliver a remembrance instead of his annual State of the State address, which was postponed.

Assembly Majority Leader Alex DeCroce, 75, died late Monday after a busy night of voting that closed out the 214th legislative session.

Assemblyman Herb Conaway, the Legislature's only physician, said DeCroce had come up to him to complain he was feeling ill. He said he and state troopers tried unsuccessfully to revive the northern New Jersey lawmaker, administering CPR.

"He served admirably for many years and he will certainly be missed," Conaway said.

January 8th

Therapeutic Hypothermia Improves Survival, Protects Brain After SCA

An analysis of multiple studies has shown hypothermia therapy (HT) provides critical benefits for people who suffer cardiac arrest, though it remains under-utilized by hospitals and emergency medical service crews, according to researchers.

Not only did the analysis indicate HT may increase survival among cardiac arrest patients, the therapy also may have protective effects on the brain.

In one study, for example, the survival rate at six months following cardiac arrest was 59 percent for patients who had undergone HT compared to 45 percent among patients who had not.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of patients who had undergone HT showed favorable neurological outcomes – such as the brain returning to complete or at least partial function – compared to 39 percent of non-HT patients.

January 6th

Using Humor to Raise Awareness

The British Heart Foundation has released a new video to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It features celebrity Vinnie Jones, who shows how hard and fast "Hands-only CPR" to the beat of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. The Hollywood hardman stars in a British Heart Foundation TV advertisement urging laypersons to provide CPR in an emergency. Bystander intervention with CPR and the use of AEDs can double the chances of survival.

This year, Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones has revealed there’s a compassionate heart beneath his tough exterior.

The menacing movie star is starring in TV advertisements urging bystanders to adopt a slightly new approach when resuscitating victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

This doesn't have to depend upon having a PhysEd teacher or a nurse nearby.

As reported in The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) from an API story.

Staffers revive Columbia Falls High School student who collapsed in gym class

KALISPELL, Mont. — Columbia Falls High School staffers used CPR and an automated external defibrillator to restore the heartbeat of a 16-year-old student who collapsed during gym class.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/wNCj7v) health and physical education teacher Troy Bowman and school nurse Cathy Dragonfly aided the boy Wednesday morning. He was then taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit later Wednesday.

Superintendent Michael Nicosia says it is unclear what caused the student to collapse.

[Blogger's note: If the AED restored his heartbeat, the cause of his collapse was most likely Sudden Cardiac Arrest.]

January 5th

Some Toronto Neighborhoods at Higher Risk for SCA

A new study suggests that where you live may be a contributing factor when it comes to assessing your risk of cardiac arrest.

The study, done by researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, focuses on the country's largest city but its findings could be applied to other parts of the country.

Simply put, the study suggests that some areas of Toronto — especially in southwest and central Scarborough, western parts of North York and north Etobicoke — had the highest rates of cardiac arrest, about 500 per 100,000 people.

The communities with the lowest rates were those within north Scarborough, downtown Toronto, East York and the northeast part of North York. Those rates were about 160 per 100,000 people.

Katherine Allan, the PhD student who led the study, looked at more than 5,000 cardiac arrest victims in 140 neighbourhoods across Toronto between 2006 and 2010.

NJ Student Collapses in Teacher's Arms, Dies from SCA

PARAMUS, NJ--A Paramus High School junior who asked to visit the nurse Thursday afternoon during social studies class collapsed in his teacher’s arms and later died at an area hospital, the superintendent said Friday.

The flag at the main entrance of the high school is at half mast. “Our hearts and condolences go out to the family,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph Lupo who became choked up during a press conference to discuss the teen’s death. “I can’t imagine the pain of losing a 
child.”

Eric Micheo, 18, who seemed well and was participating in a discussion on political cartoons, approached his teacher at about 1:30 p.m. asking for a pass to visit the school nurse, Lupo said.

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