Archive - 2013

Archive - 2013

November 14th

Heart Bills Advance in Massachusetts Legislature

BOSTON — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved two heart-healthy bills sponsored by Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield.

The bills are S.1008, an act relative to newborn pulse oximetry screenings for congenital heart defects, and S.231, which would require athletic coaches employed by public school districts to hold a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.  While nearly 383,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, only 11 percent survive, most likely because they did not receive timely CPR. When administered right away, CPR greatly enhances survival rates.

Police Officers Use AED to Revive Man

WEYMOUTH, MA--Fast action by police officers and firefighters helped save the life of a man who collapsed inside a store Sunday night, Norwell Police Chief Ted Ross said. 
Special Police Officer Daniel Campanelli, who was working a traffic detail near the Hannaford’s supermarket on Washington Street shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, was approached by someone reporting there was a medical emergency inside the store, Ross said.

Campanelli requested assistance on his radio and went inside the store, where he found a 29-year-old man who was not breathing.

“The victim was unresponsive and had no pulse,” Ross said.

Campanelli and a bystander began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the chief said.

An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Whether it's apps that tell us how far we've walked or run, or how many calories are in our meals, today's technology is helping us keep tabs on how healthy we've become – or how much we've fallen behind.

One such app, PulsePoint, can be used to help save a life. "PulsePoint is a mobile application that alerts citizens who are CPR-trained of nearby cardiac arrests so they can get CPR started while the crews are still en route," Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation, said in a report for CNBC's Innovation Cities.

Is your school heart safe?

To receive a HEARTSafe designation, a school must do cardiac emergency response drills, have a medical emergency response plan, ensure 10 percent of staff is CPR-certified, inspect defibrillators and ensure student athletes are screened properly with physicals.

A new program is being launched to recognize Michigan schools that are prepared for cardiac arrests.

Schools find out if they're a MI HEARTSafe School at the end of this academic year. The program will continue in future years.

It's being sponsored by the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Education along with the American Heart Association and a group focused on preventing sudden cardiac deaths.

Back From the Dead

Survivor Wayne Demydowich, second from leftThe secret to high survival rates in Rochester, MN, is teamwork, according to Dr. Roger White

ROCHESTER, MN--In a health crisis, the difference between life and death can depend on where catastrophe strikes -- but there is one Minnesota town that leads the nation when it comes to saving people from sudden cardiac arrest.

Wayne Demydowich is a veteran distance runner, and the 13-mile run on a damp morning with a teeth-chattering chill would span a punishing 3 hours that would put tremendous stress on his heart.

November 12th

ACC/AHA Release New Guideline for Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

Broader assessment may improve identification of at-risk patients, focus prevention strategies

DALLAS, TX--The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released a new clinical practice guideline to help primary care clinicians better identify adults who may be at high risk for developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, potentially serious cardiovascular conditions caused by atherosclerosis, and who thus may benefit from lifestyle changes or drug therapy to help prevent it.

Atherosclerosis is a buildup of plaque that can eventually harden and narrow the arteries, potentially leading to heart attack and stroke.

November 7th

New Money for Cardiac Care in the Dakotas

PIERRE, SD--Charitable grants will provide South Dakota and North Dakota hospitals and ambulance services with new lifesaving equipment to increase survival rates in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, officials said Friday.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the Helmsley Charitable Trust is providing $3.7 million in South Dakota to buy the automated chest compression equipment, known as the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System, which will be placed in all 50 hospitals and 124 ambulance services in the state.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Joins #Giving Tuesday

November 6th

Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii Heart Foundation launch screening program for young athletes

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has paired up with the Hawaii Heart Foundation to launch a new program in Hawaii’s high schools to screen young athletes at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

The program, called Hawaii Heart Youth Screening, recently kicked off at Moanalua High School where the health-care providers screened around 200 people between the ages of 14 and 22, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii said in a statement.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes in that age group; every three days, one teenage athlete in the U.S. will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.

The free screenings include a medical and family history review, physical exam and electrocardiogram — ECG or EKG — to analyze the heart. For those who needed further testing, an ultrasound of the heart was also available.

Michigan Launches New Program to Recognize Schools Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Emergencies

LANSING, MI--The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Education (MDE), have launched a new program, MI HEARTSafe Schools, to recognize Michigan schools that are prepared for cardiac emergencies.

The program also has the partnerships of the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association (AHA).

“Cardiac arrest is often an unexpected, frightening event that can happen at any age, and is something that is being discussed more frequently,” said Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive with the MDCH. “Implementation of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) within three-to-five minutes is critical for increasing the chance of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. To be ready for such emergencies, preparation and practice are key.”

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