Archive - Apr 2012

Archive - Apr 2012

April 30th

City of Billings Sued for Lack of Response and AED in Case of Sudden Death of Swimmer at Community Pool

BILLINGS, MT--The family of a Billings man who died of a heart attack during an outing at Rose Park pool is suing the city of Billings for failing to provide for the safety of pool users.

Bart Bieber, then 41, died on July 24, 2011, during a visit to the pool with his wife, Therese, and their three minor children. The lawsuit was filed April 12 by Billings attorney John Heenan on behalf of Therese Bieber and her children.

The suit says Bart Bieber was in good physical shape and had never suffered heart trauma, but when he emerged from the Rose Park pool on July 24, “he was in sudden ventricular fibrillation.”

An off-duty firefighter and Therese Bieber, who is a nurse at Billings Clinic, began administering CPR to Bieber, the suit says, but no lifeguard or other pool employee called 911 to ask for medical assistance.

Most ICD Patients Die of Heart Failure

Patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs) or resynchronization devices with defibrillator (CRT-Ds) were most likely to die of heart failure or noncardiac causes, not sudden death, a single-center study found.

Of the 2,859 patients included in the analysis, the 8-year cumulative incidence for heart failure death was 8.6% among patients with an ICD for primary prevention and 9.6% among secondary prevention ICD patients, and 22.6% for those with a CRT-D (log rankP<0.001), reported Martin J. Schalij, MD, PhD, and colleagues from Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Conversely, the 8-year cumulative incidence of sudden death was 2.1% and 3.2% in the primary and secondary prevention ICD patients, and 3.6% in those with a CRT-D (log rank P=0.026), according to the study published online in the journal HeartRhythm.

April 29th

Should Young Athletes Be Screened for Heart Risk?

Should high school athletes be screened for heart trouble before taking to the practice field?

Once thought to be exceedingly rare, sudden cardiac death is far more prevalent among young athletes than previously believed, recent research has shown. In a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimated that 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States every year.

April 25th

Three and a Half Hours of CPR Bring 29-Year-Old Back to Life

Mooresville, NC--When McDowell County EMS responded to a 7 a.m. call on Jan. 25, they could not have anticipated the sequence of events that would occur.

What unfolded was a near miracle – 3 ½ hours of CPR that gave life to a man on the brink of death.

EMS arrived at the scene to find 29-year-old John Letterman hypothermic and unconscious. En route to The McDowell Hospital, Letterman went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics immediately began CPR and initiated advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols in an attempt to restart Letterman’s heart during a 30-minute drive to the hospital.

“EMS had already been performing CPR in the ambulance for 30 minutes, and once we received him, our hospital staff was waiting and ready to continue,” said Suzanna Berryhill, a staff nurse at The McDowell Hospital.

Minnesota nailed it.

Vermont already has their law in place, and New York is considering the issue again.

Inch-by-inch we'll get there.

April 24th

SCA Foundation Announces Jazzy Kick-Off Event for 2012 Highmark 5K Walk

PITTSBURGH--Little E’s jazz club at 949 Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh will be the site of a kick-off event to introduce the newest Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation heroes and call attention to the Foundation’s participation in this year’s Highmark Walk For a Healthy Community on May 19 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Passers-by Vanessa Franco and Ranmal Samarasinghe, two quick-thinking Pitt medical students, helped rescue KDKA TV news anchor Susan Koeppen in November when she suffered sudden cardiac arrest while jogging in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh. Susan will be joining the Foundation's team at the 5K walk. Susan has nominated Vanessa and Ranmal for the Foundation's People Saving People(tm) award.

April 22nd

Pittsburgh EMS Sets Record Revival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

There may be another good reason why Pittsburgh should be considered one of the most liveable cities in the U.S. Add to its high marks in national surveys the fact that sudden cardiac arrest survival rates improved from 5-7% to 16.4% in recent years.

PITTSBURGH--Pittsburgh paramedics have set a city record for the resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest, and now officials are weighing strategies for further boosting the survival rate. 

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said one possibility is encouraging bystanders to start CPR before rescue workers arrive at a call, something believed to have helped Seattle post high resuscitation rates.

April 21st

Study Highlights Challenges in ECG Interpretation

SAN DIEGO, CA--Incorporating an electrocardiogram (ECG) during pre-participation screening for athletes has demonstrated a reduction in incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD); however, it remains controversial in the United States due to minimal usage and high false-positive readings. New research presented this week suggests this is due to the challenges in the accuracy and reliability of physicians' ability to read ECGs.

British Soccer Player: I'm Very Much Alive

Bolton’s Muamba speaks about cardiac arrest for first time: ‘I’m very much alive’

LONDON — English soccer player Fabrice Muamba calls his recovery “more than a miracle” in his first interview since going into cardiac arrest during a match. He still doesn’t know if he will play again.

The Bolton midfielder’s heart stopped beating during last month’s FA Cup match at Tottenham, but he was able to walk out of the hospital earlier this week and return home.

“For 78 minutes I was dead and, even if I lived, was expected to have suffered brain damage,” Muamba told Sunday’s edition of The Sun newspaper. “But I’m very much alive and sitting here talking now. Someone up there was watching over me.”

The 24-year-old Muamba collapsed on the field 41 minutes into the match at White Hart Lane.

April 19th

We're getting better...

Quick thinking saves the life of a Bixby high school student

By Rick Couri

Not everyone is good in a crisis situation but Monday in Bixby, several were. A student at Bixby high school called 911 after a 15 year old named John collapsed from cardiac arrest. EMSA dispatcher Trent Morris took that call and talked a teacher through the use of an AED. "Luckily Bixby high school has their teachers trained in CPR and AED use and that's what saved that young mans life" trent told us.

The AED did it's job and John's heart responded. He was taken to St Francis hospital where he was in critical condition. Thursday Morris got a rare treat, he met John’s grandmother Barbara Smart. Barbara hugged Trent for what seemed like minutes while she repeated "Thank you Trent, thank you Trent, bless your heart."

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