Archive - Mar 26, 2012

Archive - Mar 26, 2012

Denmark gets 4x improvement in SCA survival with Bystander CPR, AED

Widespread CPR training saves lives
March 26, 2012 in Cardiology
A nationwide effort in Denmark to increase the number of people trained in CPR led to an increase in bystander CPR and ultimately contributed to increased cardiac arrest survival rates in that country, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

Underweight Patients Face Increased RIsks During ICD Therapy

First large-scale study to compare outcomes based on body size finds being small, rather than large, confers greatest risk

CHICAGO -- Patients who are underweight or small in stature are twice as likely to experience complications or die during insertion of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) compared to obese and normal-weight patients, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

ICDs are small, battery-powered devices implanted in the chests of people at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. More than 100,000 ICDs are implanted in the U.S. each year.

FIFA to Study SCA Cases in Soccer

Following Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest, the subject of heart screening in football has once again become a focus for discussion. It is an issue that no-one in football, at any level of the game, can afford to take lightly and FIFA are doing everything they can to ensure that the screen of players is the best it can be.

Muamba is still at the London Chest Hospital, 12 days after he collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Thankfully he is making progress in his recovery.

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre has said that world football’s governing body will be studying cardiac arrest cases in football players to learn what causes sudden collapses like Muamba’s. The project will be put forward at a special conference in May.

AAP Issues Statement on Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Pediatricians need to recognize the warning signs and appropriately manage patients with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and published online March 26 in Pediatrics.

Robert Campbell, M.D., and colleagues from the AAP's Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, drafted a policy statement on pediatric SCA in an effort to increase pediatricians' knowledge of the incidence and spectrum of causes of SCA as well as disease-specific presentations, the role of screening and genetic testing, and aspects of secondary prevention.

FIFA to Study SCA Cases in Soccer

ZURICH—FIFA will be studying cardiac arrest cases involving soccer players to learn what caused Bolton's Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a match.

FIFA's chief medical officer said the project will be put forward at FIFA's medical conference on May 23-24 in Budapest, Hungary.

"We have invited all national-team doctors to establish a worldwide database for cases of sudden cardiac arrest," Dvorak told The Associated Press by telephone. "This will lead to analysis of the risk factors."

Muamba's condition is serious but stable in a London hospital, nine days after he collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup match at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.

Muamba's recovery has been followed across the world, but Dvorak hopes FIFA's new project will provide medical researchers with important information about lower-profile cases.

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