Archive - 2012

Archive - 2012

October 23rd

Could he have been an angel?

This article is the story of a man who recently collapsed on the sidewalk in Manhattan, suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and was given CPR by an unknown bystander. During the commotion when the ambulance arrived with the defibrillator, the stranger disappeared. The man survived his SCA, but the man who did the CPR was not to be found. Could he have been one of those beings who walks among us that are in this world but not of this world?

- Carolyn
SCA Survivor and believer in angels

Science Shows Even the Fit Can Be Scared to Death

Can you be literally scared to death? Yes, say doctors, including neurologist Martin Samuels at Brigham and Women's Hospital, who has been collecting evidence on the phenomenon for years, including a study of New York ICD patients whose experienced an increase in ife-threatening arrhythmias on 9/11 and the days following.

Can people literally be scared to death? It sounds like the stuff of ghost stories and B movies, but physicians say the phenomenon is rare but real—and shows how fear from the brain can affect the heart, specifically with a rush of adrenaline.

Doctors around the world are increasingly identifying an unusual heart problem even in otherwise healthy people who have suffered a severe fright, a traumatic experience or loss of a loved one.

October 22nd

Middle-Aged Male Runners at Higher Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death During Marathons

The risk for sudden cardiac arrest during marathons is small. However, a new study indicates that the last three miles are the most dangerous, especially for males (average age of 49)Most people who survived (17/20) were treated quickly with defibrillators. The take home message: (1) Get checked by your physician before participating in a marathon. (2) Ensure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, especially toward the end of the race, and potential rescuers are trained in their use. [SCA Foundation commentary]

Marathons are notorious for causing cardiac problems since they put such great physical strain on the body. 

Now scientists have pinpointed who is most at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and when during the race they are most likely to fall ill.

Can Energy Drinks Cause Sudden Cardiac Death?

Parents sue Monster after Dec. 23, 2011 death of 14-year-old, attributing it to “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.”

Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST)’s energy drinks have been cited in the deaths of five people in the past year, according to incident reports that doctors and companies submit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

The five reports received by the agency said the victims consumed Monster drinks prior to their deaths, Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman, said today in a telephone interview. The agency said the incidents, which are voluntarily reported, are considered to be allegations, and no conclusion is drawn until a full investigation is completed. Monster shares tumbled by as much as 10 percent. 

ICDs Are Not a Luxury

Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include ICDs, are underused in parts of Europe. Conclusions of the ICD for Life Summit held in Belgrade, Serbia.

October 21st

Wireless Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

A heart defibrillator remotely controlled by a villainous hacker to trigger a fatal heart attack? It may only happen in the movies, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) doesn’t want to take any chances.

In a recent report from the GAO, the non-partisan agency, which investigates issues for Congress, says the threat that hackers could manipulate heart defibrillators and other remotely controlled medical devices to fatal ends is real enough for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action.

October 18th

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society offers recommendations for identifying and preventing this potentially devastating medical condition in the physically active before tragedy occurs on the playing field.

Harrisburg, PA--After Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1610 (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act) on May 30, 2012, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact legislation protecting student athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). As a result of this law, coaches, parents, and athletes in the Commonwealth are now required to complete an educational session about SCA. Since the inception of these guidelines, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) has offered Sport Safety International’s online training program CardiacWise to these individuals free of charge. To date, more than 800 individuals have turned to PATS and CardiacWise to educate themselves regarding SCA.

October 16th

Lack of Awareness about SCA Leads to Increased Risk for African-Americans

WASHINGTON -- Lack of awareness and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) puts African Americans at greater risk of death from the condition, according to a new national survey released today by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The survey findings uncovered significant perception gaps between healthcare providers and consumers when it comes to understanding the condition, its symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Responsible for more than 350,000 U.S. deaths each year, SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 95 percent of SCA cases result in death; however, it is proven most deadly in African Americans.

October 15th

University of Pittsburgh Hosts Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Among Participating Organizations

Coach Jamie Dixon, center, and SCA FDN TeamPITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh basketball program hosted the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair Sunday as part of Pitt’s Homecoming and 225-year celebration. The Fair included free blood pressure and health screenings and educational heart health displays, including CPR-AED demonstrations by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. Live coverage was provided by 93.7 The Fan, Pittsburgh Sports Radio.

October 14th

Study: Recycled Heart Devices Offer New Life in Poor Nation

For at least eight years, a Philadelphia heart specialist and his colleagues have been smuggling used cardiac devices in suitcases to India to help poor people who might die without them.

Now, Dr. Behzad B. Pavri, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, reports that recycled implantable cardioverter-defibrillators or ICDs -- devices that jolt a failing heart back into rhythm -- can be collected safely from U.S. patients and funeral homes, transported, sterilized and re-implanted in people who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

“The patients who are getting these devices are the sickest of the sick, the poorest of the poor,” Pavri said.

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