Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

September 3rd

Teaching CPR to 700,000 Illinois Students

CHICAGO, IL--High school teachers throughout Illinois will receive CPR toolkits from Illinois Heart Rescue to train the state’s 700,000 high school students in the use of CPR.

“Immediate CPR, performed by a bystander, is the best chance a person has at surviving a sudden cardiac event,” says Terry Vanden Hoek, UIC professor and head of emergency medicine and project leader for Illinois Heart Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest.

September 2nd

Increase in Number of AEDs Leads to Improved Survival

LONDON, UK--A Danish study has found that the survival of cardiac arrest patients following bystander CPR increased from less than 10% in 2001 to around 55% in 2012. The change follows a substantial increase in the number of AEDs in Denmark—from 141 in 2007 to 7,800 in 2012—and improvements in public CPR education.

Investigator Steen Hansen from Aalborg University in Denmark said that prompt use of an AED can have a "significant impact on the chances of survival," but this depends on the proximity of the AED to the cardiac arrest and a bystander who is able to locate and use the device.

This study found that while 74% of cardiac arrests occurred in the home, the rate of bystander defibrillation for those in public locations increased from 1.4% in 2001 to 11.9% in 2012. 

September 1st

Carbonated Drinks Linked with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest of Cardiac Origin

Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, according to results from the All-Japan Utstein Registry presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. The study in nearly 800,000 patients suggests that limiting consumption of carbonated beverages may be beneficial for health.

Most Americans' Hearts Are Older Than Their Age

Higher heart age means higher risk of heart attackes and stroke. Heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

LONDON, UK--Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, 3 out of 4 U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. Heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

August 31st

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.

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