Archive - Aug 2012

Archive - Aug 2012

August 5th

A Special Invitation to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Families and Rescuers

Join us at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU 20120) in Orlando, FL, September 11-15, the premier venue by the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) that brings together every link in the “Chain of Survival,” addressing the nation’s most lethal killer: Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Survivors play a special role at the conference and this year the Citizen CPR Foundation is partnering with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and others to create a very special program. This year’s theme is “Go for the Gold! Become a Champion in the Race to Save more Lives.”

"Be part of the largest gathering of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors and their rescuers ever attempted!," said Tom Aufderheide, MD, President, CCPRF. 

August 3rd

Sickle Cell Trait Linked with Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Minneapolis, MN--Researchers say they have definitively confirmed that there is a link between the sickle cell trait and sudden cardiac death in African-American athletes.

While previous research has shown some evidence for the association, Kevin Harris, Tammy Haas, and Barry Maron (Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation) and E. Randy Eichner (University of Oklahoma) say that their study comprises "the first sizeable patient series" to confirm the link.

They found that of 2,642 athlete deaths in the U.S. Sudden Deaths in Athletes Registry, 23 (0.9%) occurred in athletes with the sickle cell trait. This group was aged 12-22 years and 21 (91%) were male. All were African American.

August 2nd

Is ICD Threshold Testing Needed?

Action Points

More data suggest there is no need for defibrillation threshold testing in patients receiving a first-time implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), but it is too soon to rule out such testing, according to a study and commentary.

August 1st

Circle of Life That Nearly Wasn’t

Liz Pearlman, Aurora, IL – 20 at time of event (2009)

Liz Pearlman What would you like for your 21st birthday? How about a wearable defibrillator? Liz had to wear one for three months, think of a bullet-proof vest, add a battery and you get the idea. Why would she need or even want that?

A few weeks earlier, she had been practicing for the varsity basketball team and doing a “circle of life” sprinting exercise to earn her jersey. She had five seconds to go and suffered a cardiac arrest.

“I was on my back and Terry Smith [the athletic trainer] said ‘Get up!’ Then he saw my eyes roll into the back of my head. He immediately started CPR,” Liz said. “And, he called for an ambulance and an AED, which we had right outside our gym.”

July 31st

NATA Recommends Athletic Health Care Providers Adopt a "Time Out" System Before Sporting Events

DALLAS – With preseason practices now underway and the start of fall sports schedules around the corner, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) issued today an official statement recommending athletic health care providers conduct a “Time Out” before athletic events to ensure emergency action plans are reviewed and in place.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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