Archive - 2013

Archive - 2013

December 3rd

San Diego County to Adopt CPR Smartphone App

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a coupling of the region's emergency response system with a smartphone app that would notify people with CPR training when someone in their immediate vicinity is suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

County officials said sudden cardiac arrest can occur in outwardly healthy people, and it claims nearly 1,000 lives daily throughout the country. It can be treated with early CPR, defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support and mild therapeutic hypothermia, which is most effective when started in three to five minutes, officials said.

However, emergency response times can often be six minutes or longer, Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

"Clearly the faster first responders can get to the victim, the greater the opportunity for saving lives," Roberts said.

Defibrillators, Police Cars a Perfect Pair

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--When San Francisco police officers come across a person on the street without a pulse, they can start CPR, call an ambulance, hope for the best.

But soon some of them will be able to do something more to try to save that life.

An innovative program will pair local businesses with a police patrol car and pay for a cardiac defibrillator. The hope is that with a little help from merchants, all 320 SFPD cars can be outfitted with the devices, technically known as automated external defibrillators or AEDs.

The idea makes perfect sense. Cops are almost always the first on the scene, and with cardiac arrest, every second counts.

"This is a time-sensitive device," says Ben Dorcy, a paramedic who trains officers at the city's police academy. "If you use it within 10 minutes, you are good. If you use it within four minutes, you are excellent. It's a no-brainer."

A different way of thinking about CPR

The American Heart Association teaches two types of CPR. For healthcare professionals, the BLS (Basic Life Support) class is required. For Bystanders, continuous chest compressions are taught for adults.

Understandably, a natural split has evolved along the lines of professional credentials: if you hold professional medical credentials, you perform BLS skills. If you do not, you perform what is taught in the bystander courses. But this may not be best for the victim.

A different way of deciding what to do when you witness an adult arrest is to ask yourself, "Am I going to have to call 911?" because if you are, then (1) you are not in a hospital or on an ambulance, and (2) you probably aren't going to be able to perform Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") from the time of the arrest until the "hands-on" arrival of the ambulance crew.

Today is #Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. Today is a day to give back.

It's Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving that celebrates the spirit of generosity. 

With your support, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, an official 2013 Giving Tuesday partner, named a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, can continue to conduct vital programs designed to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives.

December 2nd

Unfolded Protein Response Contributes to Sudden Death

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found a link to human heart failure that if blocked, may reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. The paper, written by Samuel C. Dudley, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiology at the CVI, is published in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

San Diego County to Adopt CPR Smartphone App

SAN DIEGO, CA--The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a coupling of the region's emergency response system with a smartphone app that would notify people with CPR training when someone in their immediate vicinity is suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

County officials said sudden cardiac arrest can occur in outwardly healthy people, and it claims nearly 1,000 lives daily throughout the country. It can be treated with early CPR, defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support and mild therapeutic hypothermia, which is most effective when started in three to five minutes, officials said.

However, emergency response times can often be six minutes or longer, Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

"Clearly the faster first responders can get to the victim, the greater the opportunity for saving lives," Roberts said.

FDA Issues Safety Communication on HeartStart AEDs from Philips Healthcare

The FDA updated its 12-03-13 news release on 12-05-13. The update is bolded.

Certain HeartStart automated external defibrillator (AED) devices made by Philips Medical Systems, a division of Philips Healthcare, may be unable to deliver needed defibrillator shock in a cardiac emergency situation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today in a new safety communication for users of these previously recalled devices.

The safety communication includes recommendations to better inspect and monitor the readiness of these devices, as well as steps to follow if someone must use a recalled device in an emergency situation.

December 1st

Earthquake Woes Include Cardiac Arrest

People who escaped the immediate destruction caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake -- and resulting tsunami -- on March 11, 2011 were not out of the woods, as illustrated by significantly elevated rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the weeks following the disaster.

The epicenter of the earthquake -- which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale -- was off the northeast coast of Japan, and the brunt of the damage from the trembling and the surge of water was sustained by three prefectures -- Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. In those areas, a total of 15,814 people died and another 2,664 went missing.

Previous research has identified a relationship between earthquakes and the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, and Taku Iwami, MD, PhD, of the Kyoto University Health Service in Japan, and colleagues wanted to find out whether a similar association was seen after the Japanese disaster.

UFC Fighter Suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Left Without Brain Activity

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Shane del Rosario was still being treated on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest at his home two days earlier. He is 30 years old. 

The martial artists was rushed to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., after suffering from full cardiac arrest in his home. 

Though many confuse a heart attack with cardiac arrest, they are quite different.

November 30th

Is it just me?

My blog is really what I just wrote for my bio. Sorry, I am new here. I’m a 52 year old white male. Not fat, not skinny. Not sedate, not athletic. Work a fairly physical job. Paranoid my ENTIRE life about having a heart attack. I was constantly nagging doctors about terrible family history of heart disease most of my adult life to no avail. (Caveat: Not that I took care of myself!) Aug. 31, 2013, getting our house ready to sell with my wife and 15 year old stepdaughter, I start realizing that "don't feel real good." My wife says I'm probably hungry because all I had for breakfast was donuts (of all things!) I also come to realize my jaw hurt really, really bad and I was trying to figure that out. I sit down on the floor, and then I lay down on the floor. My wife leaves to get us all something for lunch. I tell my stepdaughter I feel dizzy and she props my feet up with a box.

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