Archive - Jun 2016

Archive - Jun 2016

June 30th

My Incident

Last October, I was jogging on a treadmill at my gym only going 5.2 mph, which is a slow pace when suddenly everything went black. There was no white light, no shining tunnel just an instant and complete blackout. The next thing I remember is being flat on my back on the now still treadmill with about six people surrounding me. They were asking me questions about what my name was and what day it was. I was confused but I remembered my name and the fog quickly cleared. That's when I saw the AED paddles on my chest and realized that something quite serious had just happened. The EMS had not arrived yet but I was surrounded by a very professional gym staff that had applied CPR and the AED shock, which converted my heart into normal sinus rhythm.

Inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic Benefiting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation a Success in More Ways than One

Greater Pittsburgh area firefighters compete with Johnstown, PA firefighters in the inaugural Sttel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic on June 25 in Pittsburgh. Proceeds will support the mission of the national non profit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest.

June 28th

Men May Face High Lifetime Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Study Highlights

June 27th

Miami Dade School System Adds CPR Training as Part Personal Fitness Graduation Requirement

Miami Dade County becomes first school district in Florida to pass CPR in schools as a policy.

June 23rd

Postmortem Genetic Testing Could Help Explain Sudden Cardiac Death Early in Life

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine reports today.

“Sudden cardiac death in children and young adults has a devastating impact on families, care providers and the community,” says Professor Chris Semsarian, who led the multinational study.

“It’s a tragedy that claims the lives of two to three young Australians each week.

June 21st

Gender Gap Found in Cardiac Arrest Care, Outcomes

Study Highlights

  • Women treated at a hospital after cardiac arrest may be less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures.
  • The number of cardiac arrest patients treated at hospitals increased and in-hospital death rates have fallen for both sexes, however women were less likely to survive, according to a new study.

DALLAS, TX — Women who have a cardiac arrest are less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures such as angiography to look for blocked coronary arteries or angioplasty to open them, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

June 20th

DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill

WASHINGTON, DC--Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs.

June 19th

Shared Decision-Making Allows Some Athletes with Heart Condition to Compete

No significant difference between well-treated athletes, non-athletes with genetic condition

WASHINGTON, DC--People with a rare genetic heart condition who are currently disqualified from most sports due to a risk of sudden cardiac death may be able to safely participate in athletics as long as they are well treated and well informed, according to a study published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is often discovered in young athletes following a cardiac event during athletic participation. CPVT causes irregular heartbeats, or ventricular arrhythmias, which can lead to fainting, seizure and sudden cardiac death.

June 16th

Greater Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA, Firefighters to Compete in Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Hockey Game to Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Greater Pittsburgh area firefighters will compete with Johnstown, PA, firefighters in the inaugural Steel City Fire on Ice Charity Classic on June 25 in Pittsburgh. Proceeds will support the nonprofit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The public is invited.

June 13th

The Bride Saved the Day

PITTSBURGH, PA -- A new bride didn’t let her white gown stop her from reviving a woman who was unconscious on a bench in Pittsburgh.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian and a 2014 graduate of Otterbein’s nursing program, was walking in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday night after her wedding reception when she and others from her wedding party saw the ailing woman.

“We were just about to go through the doors,” Julie told KDKA-TV, “and then we heard somebody scream, ‘Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor’?’”

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