Archive - Aug 2015

Archive - Aug 2015

SCA Foundation Partners with Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation to Shine Spotlight on Devastating Children's Heart Disease

Children's Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month urges families to #KnowYourHeart to learn risk factors

PITTSBURGH, PA--When one thinks of heart disease, adults usually come to mind. The reality is children of all ages can be affected by heart disease too, often with more devastating outcomes. This September, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month to educate the public about pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease that affects how the heart muscle pumps blood.   

August 30th

Gene Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death Identified by ICD Monitoring

First-of-its-dind discovery furthers understanding of role of genetics in sudden cardiac death, may help identify patients at increased risk

LONDON, UK--A gene associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population has been identified using implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) monitoring, according to two independent studies. The research, presented for the first time at European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, included patients from the DISCOVERY trial and Oregon-SUDS trial and discovered that a polymorphism in the GNAS gene predicted ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

August 29th

CPR Should Be Conducted for At Least 35 Minutes

LONDON, UK--Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest should be conducted for at least 35 minutes, according to research presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress today by Dr. Yoshikazu Goto, associate professor and director of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Kanazawa University Hospital in Kanazawa, Japan. The study in more than 17,000 patients found that nearly all survivals were achieved within 35 minutes and longer CPR achieved little benefit.

Efforts to Improve AED Usage Increase Bystander Defibrillation in Public, But Not at Home

LONDON, UK--Efforts to improve automated external defibrillator (AED) usage increase bystander defibrillation in public places but not at home, reveals a study of more than 25,000 cardiac arrest patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Steen Hansen, a PhD student in the Department of Health, Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. Efforts included increased numbers of AEDs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) education and a nationwide AED registry.

Bystander CPR Linked to Lower Nursing Home Admission and Brain Damage After Cardiac Arrest

Danish study: Risk of brain damage or nursing home admission was 30% lower if bystanders performed CPR than if they did not. National initiatives in Denmark, including mandatory CPR training in elementary school and as a prerequisite for a driver's license, and emergency dispatcher CPR coaching contributed to increased rates of CPR and survival.

LONDON, UK--Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been linked to a 30% lower risk of nursing home admission and brain damage in survivors of cardiac arrest outside hospital in research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Kristian Kragholm, a PhD student in the Department of Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Research Centre, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark.

Need quick help, please

My girlfriend had a stroke that kept her without a heartbeat for seventeen minutes. As soon as she was given cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, she got her consciousness back. She was okay till the very next morning, but when she was reminded of the issue that gave her a stroke, she lost her short term memory of up to one year. I tried reminding her of the past events and after a chat that lasted for more than one day with only breaks for sleep, she got her memory back. However, she didn't remember anything that had happened when her memory was off. This happens time and again whenever she gets emotional. She is a very emotional person and her memory has gone and come back seven times in a span of one month. Surprisingly, it is the same time period that she forgets. Does she need medical care? Will it help? How do I help her? As I type, she has lost her memory and denies talking to me as she believes that she is still in the relationship that she was in.

August 28th

ESC Recommends DNA Analysis in Post Mortems of Young Sudden Death Victims

LONDON, UK--European Society of Cardiology Guidelines published today recommend DNA analysis as a fundamental component of post mortem assessment in young sudden death victims. Identification of a genetic cause helps to quickly diagnose and protect relatives.The Guidelines are published online in European Heart Journal and on the ESC Website and are the European update to the 2006 European/American guidelines. They focus on preventing sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias.

August 27th

CPR: Not Always a Lifesaver, But It Plays One on TV

If you think that performing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped is a surefire way to save their life, you may be watching too much TV.

A study by University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology researchers revealed that popular medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and House show cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) successfully saving a “patient’s” life in nearly 70 percent of the scenes in which it was depicted. Half of the fictional patients who received CPR made enough of a recovery to eventually leave the hospital.

August 25th

Delay in Administration of Adrenaline and Survival for Children with Cardiac Arrest

Among children with in-hospital cardiac arrest with an initial nonshockable heart rhythm who received epinephrine (adrenaline), delay in administration of epinephrine was associated with a decreased chance of 24-hour survival and survival to hospital discharge, according to a study in the August 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Approximately 16,000 children in the United States have a cardiac arrest each year, predominantly in a hospital setting. Epinephrine is recommended by both the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council in pediatric cardiac arrest. Delay in administration of the first epinephrine dose is associated with decreased survival among adults after in-hospital, nonshockable (pulseless electrical activity or asystole) cardiac arrest. Whether this association is the same for children has not been known, according to background information in the article. 


What I thought to be a normal day back in November 2013, quickly turned into my worst nightmare. After being at work for the day and coming home and doing my normal chores of school run and cooking dinner. I then got my kids to bed and proceeded to go for a run with my 7 year old Staffordshire bull terrier. He could quite easily run for 12 miles, but I myself, a previous smoker and a belly that Santa would be proud of, was never gonna achieve that, so I opted for the children's version and ran for about half a mile, in myself I actually felt I had achieved wonders but I probably didn't even burn100 calories, considering I'd already taken in about 3000 that day I wasn't gonna be slimmer of the year anytime soon.

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