Archive - Jul 2012

Archive - Jul 2012

July 5th

Autopsy Ends Mystery: Cardiac Arrest Killed Standout High School Senior

SAN DIEGO--Sudden cardiac arrest, possibly the result of a genetic condition, caused the death of 17-year-old Rancho Bernardo High School senior and class president David Hu in January, according to the teen's autopsy report made available Friday.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the teen's system and there was "no indication of any illicit drug or alcohol use" in his bedroom, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's report said.

Hu, who was slated to be valedictorian and had received a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT, was found unresponsive  in his bed at home on the morning of January 5. Hu's 13-year-old brother, Kevin, woke up when he heard David yelling just before 5 a.m. After looking into his brother's room and hearing him moaning, Kevin got his parents who came and found the teen's lips blue and white, the report said.

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Prospect, 23, Survives Sudden Cardiac Arrest

OWEN SOUND, ONT.--Pro hockey player Brett MacLean is conscious and talking and took his first steps Friday, his mother Karen MacLean said Friday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Phoenix Coyotes prospect was playing hockey in Owen Sound Monday when he suddenly collapsed on the ice and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED). He was airlifted to University Hospital in London after being stabilized in Owen Sound. Thursday he was moved out of intensive care and remains in coronary care.

Karen MacLean said her son is aware of what happened but has no recollection of his near-death experience.

July 3rd

With CPR, Two Bystanders Can Be Better than One

NEW YORK--When someone suffers cardiac arrest in a public place, the odds of survival are better when more than one bystander comes to the rescue, a new study suggests. The American Heart Association (AHA) and other groups say that everyone should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

For laypeople, that usually means doing "hands-only" CPR -- just chest compressions, and no mouth-to-mouth breathing -- until paramedics arrive. Studies have shown that hands-only CPR is just as effective as the traditional way when it comes to helping adult cardiac arrest victims. (The recommendations for children are different.)

July 2nd

Defibrillator Registry Means Collier County, FL, Residents Can Get Help Fast

NAPLES, FL--Surviving a cardiac crisis is all about timing. How quickly someone can administer care using an automated external defibrillator (AED) is critical. For people who have a cardiac event, Collier County Emergency Medical Services has recently upgraded its AED program to an automated system that will ultimately help get AEDs to victims faster.

Specifically to respond to cardiac arrests, Collier County EMS participates in the AED Link program that enables 911 dispatchers to rapidly connect AEDs, its users and victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

In the past, 911 dispatchers had to go through a database to identify the closest registered AED. The new system works within the existing national agency registry, but is now automated, which saves critical time when a cardiac event occurs.

Honor Your Heroes. Nominate Them for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

About 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each day in the U.S. Survival depends in large part on immediate bystander intervention with CPR and defibrillation. Survivors are invited to recognize their "heroes" and "angels" by nominating them for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People award. Nominations are due July 13.

Study Suggests Echocardiography is Fiscally Responsible Way to Screen Student Athletes for Risk of Sudden Death

A new study suggests that echocardiography be included as part of screenings to help identify student athletes with heart problems that could lead to sudden death. 

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, presented July 1 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Echocardiography, suggests adding a modified echo to the current practice of taking an EKG, getting a family history and having a physical exam. 

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