Archive - Aug 2016

Archive - Aug 2016

August 18th

Genetic Tests for Potentially Fatal Heart Anomaly Can Misdiagnose Condition in Black Americans

Genetic testing has greatly improved physicians’ ability to detect potentially lethal heart anomalies among asymptomatic family members of people who suffer cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.

But a study from Harvard Medical School published in the Aug. 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shows that over the last decade these lifesaving tools may have disproportionately misdiagnosed one cardiac condition — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – in black Americans.

HCM, which affects one in 500 people, is an often-asymptomatic thickening of the heart muscle that can spark fatal arrhythmias in seemingly healthy young adults.

August 14th

AED Accessibility a Barrier During Cardiac Arrest

Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf

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August 12th

Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools Published in School Nurse Journal

In 2015, the American Heart Association assembled a group of stakeholders from several organizations, including the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, to develop tools to assist schools in establishing cardiac emergency response plans. Led by co-chairs Kathleen Rose, RN, and Monica Goble, MD, they prepared “Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools: A Policy Statement.”

August 7th

Dana Vollmer Overcomes Heart Condition and Successfully Competes in Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-- Dana Vollmer didn’t set the world record Sunday night. She didn’t even successfully defend her gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.

But Vollmer didn’t leave the Olympic Aquatics Stadium disappointed.

She also didn’t leave without more hardware. The 28-year-old proudly wore the bronze medal around her neck after swimming a time of 56.63 seconds. Only 17 months after giving birth to Arlen Jackson Grant and 15 months after resuming her career, it felt more like gold.

August 3rd

Leaky Calcium Triggers Brainstem Blackout That Results in Sudden Cardiac Death

Epilepsy is an extremely common disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants through teenagers to older adults. One of the most mysterious things about this disorder is that about 6 percent of the people with epilepsy have an unusually high incidence of sudden unexpected death. In a paper published today on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and increase the risk of sudden unexpected death.

August 2nd

I Had the Sensation of Being Sucked Into the Earth

Bruce Benda, Pittsburgh, PA–52 at time of event (2014)

The old saw ‘ignorance is bliss’ applied when Hannah Benda, daughter of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Bruce Benda got word that her dad had suffered SCA at a golf outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Indie Film Goes on Hometown Tour; Pittsburgh Premiere Aims to Raise Funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Film festival circuit favorite Superior will screen at SouthSide Works Cinema before nationwide release. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation video, Together We Can Save More Lives, will debut on the big screen.

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