Archive - Aug 23, 2012

Archive - Aug 23, 2012

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ICDs Boosted Survival in Real World Trial

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--Real-world primary prevention using implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) conferred a significant survival benefit for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, Canadian researchers found.

Among patients who had an ICD placed, the hazard ratio for all-cause mortality was 0.46, according to Ratika Parkash, MD, from the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and colleagues.

In addition, after adjustment for factors such as age, drug therapies, ejection fraction, and propensity score, a significant difference in mortality remained, the researchers reported in the August issue of Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Ocean City Soars into the 50% club!

If every rescue squad in the country had the same sudden cardiac arrest success rate that Ocean City's has had this summer, tens of thousands of lives would have been saved.

Since May 1, the Ocean City Fire Department, which is also the city's rescue squad, has successfully saved the lives of 50 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims, from resuscitating the victim on the scene using CPR and automated external defibrillators (AED) to transporting the victim to the hospital within the "golden hour"—the first 60 minutes being the most crucial with regard to saving a person's life after sudden cardiac arrest.

Just how high is a 50 percent save rate? Throughout the country the rate is at seven percent, according to Firefighter Ray Clark of the Ocean City Fire Department.

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