Archive - Jul 23, 2013

Archive - Jul 23, 2013

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters--and Everyone Else

Thankfully, the number of deaths among volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has declined to a record low--27 such deaths in 2012. During the same time period, the overall incidence of sudden cardiac death in the U.S. was about 324,000 (359,400 x 90 percent survival). So, the number of people dying from sudden cardiac arrest every hour in the U.S. (~37) is roughly equivalent to the number of volunteer firefighters who die each year from SCA (27). Maybe we ought to be applying what is working for volunteer firefighters to the general public. 

Carmel, IN, Charity Donates AED to Ballpark Where Eight-Year-Old Suffered Cardiac Arrest

UNION CITY, IN--A Carmel charity donated a portable defibrillator to the Union City ballpark where eight-year-old Dylan Williams was struck by a baseball and gravely injured.  He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

HeartReach Carmel was started in 2010 to provide potentially life-saving AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillators) to organizations throughout the state. HeartReach will donate an AED to Union City Monday morning, as well as provide training on the AED.

Beta-Blockers Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as a non-violent death that cannot be explained, occurring less than 24 hours from the onset of symptoms. [1]

Out of all antiarrhythmic agents, only beta-blockers have been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of SCD. According to a new meta-analysis of all randomized control studies evaluating beta blockers vs. placebos, beta-blockers reduce the risk of SCD by 31%, cardiovascular death (CVD) by 29% and all-cause mortality by 33%. These results confirm the mortality benefits of these drugs and they should be recommended to all patients similar to those included in the trials.

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