Archive - 2012

Archive - 2012

August 23rd

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.

August 22nd

Major League Umpire, Singing Stayin' Alive, Helps Save Woman's Life

PHOENIX -- Jim Joyce's timing could not have been better. In fact, it was lifesaving. The veteran Major League umpire performed CPR on Diamondbacks food service employee Jayne Powers prior to the D-backs-Marlins game on Monday night.

Nearly One in Three Survives SCA in London

London has the best cardiac arrest survival rate in England, newly-released figures suggest. During 2011-12, the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in London was 31.7% - a figure that includes footballer Fabrice Muamba's case. That compares with second placed East of England with 24.4% and a low of 10.8% in the South Central region. It is the first time all emergency medical services (EMS) in England have measured the survival rate. The figures were submitted to the Department of Health for collation.

London top as cardiac arrest survival rates compared

(From the BBC)
London has the best cardiac arrest survival rate in the country, newly-released figures suggest.

During 2011-12, the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in London was 31.7% - a figure that includes footballer Fabrice Muamba's case.
That compares with second placed East of England with 24.4% and a low of 10.8% in the South Central region.

It is the first time all ambulance services in England have measured the survival rate.

The figures were submitted to the Department of Health for collation.

London - 31.7%
East of England - 24.7%
North East - 24%
South East Coast - 23.6%
North West - 22.6%
Yorkshire - 20.5%
East Midlands - 20.4%
South Western - 18.7%
West Midlands - 18.3%
Isle of Wight - 17.4%
Great Western - 15.1%
South Central - 10.8%
Source: Ambulance Clinical Quality Indicators

Erica Payet, 25, was one of those who survived cardiac arrest in London.

August 16th


Please alert everyone you know who has survived a sudden cardiac arrest: there will be a very helpful workshop in Orlando in mid-September.

This will be very helpful for survivors, spouses, and rescuers.

Details are at


bobt [at] slicc [dot] org

August 15th

SCA Survivor Fabrice Muamba to Retire from Soccer

BOLTON, England –  Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba retired from soccer Wednesday after suffering an on-field cardiac arrest in March during an FA Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham.

Muamba travelled to Belgium last week to seek medical advice from a cardiologist after consultations in Britain and Europe, and was advised to retire from playing at the professional level.

"While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for," Muamba said. "I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me."

Muamba collapsed to the field in north London on March 17. Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist who was in the stands, rushed on to the field to help treat him.

Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes, but started again after arriving at the London Chest Hospital. He was discharged on April 16.

August 10th

Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Create a Short Video for a Chance to Win an AED

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and use of automated external defibrillators to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Entries for the "ECCU 2012" Video Minute" Contest are due August 17. The winner will be announced at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in Orlando on September 15.

YOU do the math...

[If you have an AED at home, you can skip this.]

The monthly total cost of ownership for an AED is on the range of $20-$30 over ten years, depending upon the model and how well you shop.

Two thirds of all cardiac arrests in the U.S.A. occur in the home.

Your odds of seeing a family member, friend, or acquaintance die of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest is 10% during your lifetime.

Your spouse has the same odds of seeing an arrest as you do. (That wasn't meant to be subtle.)

If you arrest and someone calls 911, starts CPR, and defibrillates you, your odds of getting out of the hospital with major brain function intact go way up. (The Phoenix airport averages 75% saves. The national average is less than 10%.)

And you can't find a dollar a day to greatly reduce your odds of a premature death or a terrible disability?

August 8th

Former Virginia Tech Player Allan Chaney to Resume College Basketball

Allan ChaneyAfter being relegated to the sidelines for more than two years, former Virginia Tech forward Allan Chaney is finally getting another chance to play college basketball. High Point confirmed Wednesday that Chaney has been cleared by school doctors and will join its men’s basketball team for his final year of eligibility in 2012-13.

Chaney will become the only player in Division I college basketball next year with a defibrillator in his chest. Back in April 2010, he collapsed during a workout in Blacksburg and doctors later diagnosed him with viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that can be fatal.

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