Archive - Jul 2015

Archive - Jul 2015

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July 29th

James Jude, MD, Who Helped Pioneer Lifesaving CPR at Johns Hopkins, Dies at 87

James Jude, MD, who helped pioneer the lifesaving technique for cardiopulmonary resuscitation while he was a resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the late 1950s, died Tuesday in Coral Gables, Florida. He was 87.

CPR has been in practice in the United States since 1960, when Johns Hopkins researchers William Kouwenhoven, Guy Knickerbocker, and Jude published in the Journal of the American Medical Association the first data on the benefits of what was then called "cardiac massage."

July 27th

Foundation Board Member David Belkin Featured in Bethesda Magazine

David Belkin, a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors was recently featured in an article by Michael Gerber, "Saving People in Cardiac Arrest: It's often the quick actions of strangers that make a difference between life and death," published in the July/August issue of Bethesda Magazine. Following is an excerpt.

One in Four Patients with Primary Prevention ICDs Experience Boost in Heart Function Over Time

Findings highlight dynamic nature of disease and need for ongoing risk assessment

A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators -- devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms -- shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced improvements in heart function substantial enough to put them over the clinical threshold that qualified them to get a defibrillator in the first place. 

A report on the study, published in the Aug. 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reveals these patients had markedly lower risk of dying and were far less likely to suffer arrhythmia-terminating device shocks, suggesting their hearts had grown less prone to developing lethal rhythms.

July 25th

Thanks to a Complete Stranger, I Am Part of the Six Percent

Mark Kendall, Orlando, FL–46 at time of event (2015)
 
My name is Mark Kendall, I am a 46-year-old father of four and my cardiac arrest occurred on a hot 100 plus degree Florida afternoon on April 22, 2015 in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. 
 
Without any warning at all, I went into cardiac arrest that day and collapsed onto the hot black asphalt where bystanders saw me go down and began to surr

July 23rd

Detour Dave Averts Sudden Cardiac Death

Dave Sandler, Owings Mills, MD–48 at time of event (2009)

Dave Sandler is a professional inspirational speaker.  He is the author of the new book “Taking a Detour.” Dave owns Detour Dave Inc., which delivers traffic information to the Baltimore/Washington area on WBAL Radio and 98 Rock. He also provides entertainment for weddings and other private affairs.

On August 9, 2009, I took the biggest detour of my life. I died that day, but God was not ready to take me.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Establishes Survivor Research Panel

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has established a research panel for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their families. The Foundation has worked with multiple universities to facilitate research with survivors and family members. It is now embarking on a new research initiative in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research. Together, they will study public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation quality of life. To participate in the research panel, join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. Once you are registered in the Network, you will be invited to participate in research, as studies arise. Questions? Contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: Survivor%20Research%20Panel) .

I am a drowning as a caregiver for my husband

I would like to share with significant others or spouses of survivors , we are 68 and the arrest was 6/11/2011.

Heel-Only CPR: A Giant Step for Resuscitation?

Research has demonstrated the benefits of “hands-only CPR” or “continuous chest compressions,” as an approach that is easily learned and likely to increase bystander intervention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, compared with traditional CPR, which includes chest compressions plus rescue breathing.

However, anyone who has given CPR knows it can be extremely tiring. Further, its effectiveness depends on quality (e.g., rate, depth of compression, leaning).

But what would happen if instead of compressing the chest using the heels of their hands, bystanders used the heels of their feet? Would chest compressions be more effective? Would rescuers have more endurance?

July 22nd

In Summer Heat, Athletic Trainers Call for Safety Measures

A thousand-dollar expenditure for an automated external defibrillator (AED) could mean the difference between life and death for some young athletes, a cost that one Little Rock, Arkansas high school knows too well. 

A heart abnormality caused 16-year-old Antony Hobbs to collapse during his Parkview High basketball game in 2008. Hobbs was unaware of his condition, likely present since birth. Though an ambulance responded, he died about an hour after an otherwise ordinary game tip-off. 

The outcome differed starkly two years later when another Parkview player, Chris Winston, collapsed on court with the same condition. A new state law, named for Hobbs, had required that AEDs be placed in schools, and AED use led to Winston’s survival. 

July 21st

JAMA Studies Highlight CPR-AED Benefits Developed at UA Sarver Heart Center

TUCSON, AZ--The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week published significant findings in two studies noting improved patient outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims, influenced by bystander CPR interventions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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