Archive - Jul 2015

Archive - Jul 2015

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July 21st

The Earlier The Better – Bystanders Save Lives With CPR for Cardiac Arrest

DURHAM, NC-- Sudden cardiac arrest kills an estimated 200,000 people a year in the United States, but many of those lives could be saved if ordinary bystanders simply performed CPR, a new study led by Duke Medicine shows.

The early application of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by an average person nearby, combined with defibrillation by firefighters or police before the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), was the one intervention that substantially increased survival from cardiac arrest, according to findings reported by Duke researchers and colleagues in the July 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

July 20th

Studies Examine Use of Bystander Interventions for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Two studies in the July 21 issue of JAMA find that use of interventions such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators by bystanders and first responders have increased and were associated with improved survival and neurological outcomes for persons who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
 
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is an increasing health concern worldwide, with poor prognoses. Shinji Nakahara, M.D., Ph.D., of the Kanagawa University of Human Services, Yokosuka, Japan, and colleagues examined the associations between bystander interventions and changes in neurologically intact survival among patients with OHCA in Japan. The researchers used data from Japan's nationwide OHCA registry, which started in January 2005.

July 19th

African-Americans Face Twice the Rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Compared to Caucasians

New study in medical journal Circulation also shows African-Americans with Sudden Cardiac Arrest are significantly younger and have higher prevalence of diabetes and hypertension

LOS ANGELES, CA--Compared to Caucasians, African-Americans face twice the rate of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

The study's findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Circulation, result from the first scientific analysis comparing the detailed medical history of patients of different races who were stricken by the usually fatal condition. Approximately 350,000 die every year from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S.

July 14th

Air Pollution from Wildfires May Ignite Heart Hazards

Exposure to fine particle air pollution during wildfires may increase risk for cardiac arrest and other acute heart problems, particularly in the elderly.

DALLAS, TX--Air pollution from wildfires may increase risk for cardiac arrests, and other acute heart problems, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

July 13th

Body Temperature Change May Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death

Scientists, including SFU professor Peter Ruben, have found that sudden death caused by cardiac arrhythmia can be triggered by changes in body temperature. The study is published in the Journal of Physiology.

The soccer player who drops dead in the middle of a game, or the infant who dies during sleep is often a victim of arrhythmia. Sudden cardiac death has several causes, including inheritable mutations in our DNA affecting structure and function of proteins in the heart. Simon Fraser University professor Peter Ruben found when studying the proteins that underlie electrical signaling in the heart, and subjecting those proteins to conditions that are similar to the stress of exercise, in some cases, temperature can cause changes that trigger arrhythmia.

July 9th

FDA Strengthens Heart Safety Warnings on Painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels. The FDA spokesperson, Eric Pahon, is now saying that these painkillers do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The painkillers include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, including ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil or Motrin; naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex. Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, is not an NSAID.

July 7th

Meet Ellie Whelan, Heart Patient

Ellie WhelanEllie Whelan, Petersburg, VA– 16 at time of event (2013)

In November 2013, young actress Ellie Whelan was performing in front of a packed auditorium at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology when she collapsed onstage. Audience members thought it was part of the act; then she didn’t get up. At the age of 16, she had suffered a cardiac arrest.

July 6th

Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation Exceed Goal of Installing 2,000 AEDs in Recreational Hockey Arenas Across the Country

Over 2,500 installed in Canada as part of National AED Initiative

CALGARY, ALBERTA--Two events took place yesterday to highlight progress and proven success of the National Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Initiative, a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). 

July 2nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Applauds Institute of Medicine Report on Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds the Institute of Medicine report, “Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act,” released this week in Washington, D.C. The report suggests the U.S. is falling short in efforts to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest and offers strategies to increase survival rates.

July 1st

San Ramon Valley: One of the Safest Places to Live

People who experience a sudden cardiac emergency in the San Ramon Valley are twice as likely to survive

SAN RAMON, CA--The San Ramon Valley, a residential and business community located east of San Francisco, has a reputation as being one of the safest places in the United States to experience a cardiac emergency. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths.(1) Recent data has shown that patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest are twice as likely to survive if that episode occurs in the San Ramon Valley.

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